“Obama’s Fly By Shootings Terrorize Pakistan”
The correlation of Pakistan’s subservience to US is a deep-seated contempt for the Pakistani people. While today Washington finds itself allied with an elected government, many of the fundamentals of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship remain unchanged. Regardless of the White House and it’s media professing “democracy” and “human rights,” the American establishment retains a iron fist commitment to its own strategic interests in Pakistan.
Based on a study just completed by the non-profit, New America Foundation of Washington, D.C., the number of drone strikes on Pakistan has risen dramatically since Obama became President. See US Drones Kill 938 Pakistanis in 2010.
In fact, the first two strikes took place on Jan. 23, the President’s third day in office. The second of these hit the wrong house, that of a pro-government tribal leader that killed his entire family, including three children, one just five years of age.
The killing of 25 Pakistan soldiers by American aircraft reinforces the belief that U.S. intelligence agencies are not to be trusted in deciding who is the enemy any more than they could provide reliable information on whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Suspects targeted for killing by drones are first identified by the CIA and military intelligence agencies. Who knows what legal standards, if any, are used? None of the suspects ever get to retain a lawyer. None of them ever see a judge or get a chance to plead to a jury.
Due to the C.I.A. program’s secrecy, there is no visible system of accountability in place, despite the fact that the agency has killed many civilians inside a politically fragile, nuclear-armed country with which the U.S. is not at war.
In short, Obama’s enemies are being assassinated with absolutely no pretense of a legal proceeding.
ISLAMABAD: In a gross violation of the Geneva Convention, the CIA-sponsored drone campaign in Pakistan has intentionally targeted and killed hundreds of innocent civilians involved in either rescuing injured victims or partaking in funerals.
Official reports claim drone attacks between 2006 – 2009 have killed almost 800 Pakistani civilians, while many lost homes and limbs. A more accurate number estimates 2,052 people lost their lives in drone strikes between 2004 and 2009. See Here.
Rising civilian causalities have left behind many tragic stories in the tribal areas. The reaction of Pakistani people against the frequent use of drone strikes is finally gathering momentum.
Reprieve, a legal action charity out of London, UK, has delivered a complaint to the UN on behalf of the families of slain Pakistani civilians. More than a dozen families in Pakistan have appealed to Reprieve for assistance after their own pleas for the abandonment of drone use in their country have been ignored by the US. Now with the aid of the British-based organization, they hope that the UN will intervene and put an end to American drone attacks.
Pakistani Kareem Khan, assisted by lawyer Shahzad Akbar of Islamabad’s Foundation for Fundamental Rights, filed a judicial review of his local police force after they failed to act on his urgent FIR (First Information Report) of the murder of his son and brother in his ancestral village.
An Islamabad Court will hand down judgment April 17, 2012 over the Pakistani police’s failure to investigate two reports by Pakistani citizens on the murder of innocent civilians by CIA unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).
The first obligation of any government is to protect its citizens, particularly from murder. Pakistani police owe it to their compatriots to investigate these killings of innocent civilians on Pakistani soil.
Reprieve also states the US penned and ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) treaty with Pakistan themselves and Pakistanis say that the US has violated it by killing their loved ones. The group cites six provisions in particular that they say the US has violated with drone attacks, which includes items such as “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life,” “No one shall be subjected to torture” and “Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person.”
If the US is not prepared to face up to the reality of the suffering the strikes are causing, then the UN must step in. The international community can no longer afford to ignore the human rights catastrophe which is taking place in North West Pakistan in the name of the ‘War on Terror’.
“Pakistan is NOT at war with America, so there can be no legal justification for these drone attacks, which are causing vastly more harm than good.”
The evolution of U.S.-Pakistan policy: http://www.isreview.org/issues/78/feat-pakistan.shtml
Obama Sets Up Killer Drone Raid over Pakistan Despite Civilian Deaths: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=15745
Drone Attacks, The French Revolution & President Obama http://www.opednews.com/articles/Drone-Attacks-The-French-by-Sherwood-Ross-111130-913.html
Pakistani Families of US Drone Victims Plead for Justice: http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2012/03/pakistani-families-us-drone-victims-plead-justice
Pakistani Families of Slaughtered Children to Sue the CIA Over Drone Deaths: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29496
Judgment due in CIA drones murder case in Pakistan: http://www.reprieve.org.uk/press/2012_04_11_drones_judgment/
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