The Nation, Pakistan
Disrespect for Pakistan
Must End …
"This recent wave of
attacks from across the border proves that U.S.-led forces no longer regard
Pakistan as an ally in the War on Terror."
March 16, 2008
The Nation - Original Article (English)
Just a day after Pakistan's
formal protest over the firing of missiles into the Tribal Areas by the
U.S.-led coalition - killing two women and two children - four more missiles
were fired into Boraki village in Kurram Agency. This recent wave of attacks
from across the border prove that U.S.-led forces no longer regard Pakistan as
an ally in the War on Terror. Under the contrary, one gets the impression that
the U.S. considers Pakistan well within the zone of its War on Terror. In the
past, these kinds of activities were kept secret. At least coalition forces
used to inform Pakistani authorities before launching an attack. But despite
protest and condemnation by Islamabad, the most recent round of attacks took
place with no prior warning.
The Kurram Agency's political
administration in never even knew who the targets of the attack were. But
whether the targets were Pakistan's Frontier Corps. or the militants, the fact
remains that the missiles fell near Frontier Corps checkpoint. Luckily no
casualties were reported, since none of the missiles exploded. Apparently to
avert the inevitable criticism, official sources claimed that they had no idea
where the missiles had come from. Apart from these kinds of missile attacks, on
many prior occasions ISAF forces have "mistakenly" crossed into
Pakistan to fire on suspected militants, reportedly killing many civilians in
the process. Many have been forced to flee because of these attacks.
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Our government needs to log a
strong protest. Such incidents not only jeopardize the War on Terror
partnership between Pakistan and the U.S., they could propel matters out of
control. In the past, such attacks were attributed to a lack of coordination.
But this time around, Pakistani authorities were left in the dark.
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In addition, Coalition forces
must display some responsibility and grasp the fact that such attacks only
exacerbate Pakistan's domestic security problem, already suffering the fallout
Finally, it's about time a
line was drawn in the sand between the Pakistan and Afghan borders. Coalition
troops must be reminded to respect Pakistan's sovereignty.
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