PAKISTAN: DRONES VS TALIBAN

2012-10-15 11:17

It is so sad that around the first International Day of the Girl Child programme held by the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai was shot by some misguided savages.

Although not linked, the aim of United Nations event is to draw consciousness to the perverse custom of forced and child marriages in some cultures and nations and also to emphasize the importance of educating girls.

The brutal attack on Malala Yousafzai by a criminal gang in Pakistan due to her scholarly beliefs or personal views is unacceptable and deplorable and goes against the teachings of Islam.

The Pakistani government promptly joined the universal outrage against this cruel sin. The task that lay ahead now is how the apprehended alleged perpetrators are going to be implicated and brought to book in a country where accountability, rule of law and justice at any level of government are very weak at best and non-existent at worst.

Like her namesake, Malalai of Maiwand, who bravely spurred the almost surrendering Afghan soldiers to fight on to the bitter end against the British soldiers in the Anglo-Afghan war and thus became a national hero, Malalai Yousafzai of Swat is bravely exhorting the female Afghan youth to fight stereotypical bigoted prejudices that is keeping young girls at home and out of learning institutions.

Her enthusiasm, against all odds, for an equal education system for both genders needs to be commended, supported and encouraged. The seeking of knowledge is an integral part of Islamic teachings and both men and women are required to seek it.

The disgusting attack on this innocent child is no more different than such cowards who attack innocent women, children and men with unmanned aeroplanes. (drones).

It is time we also highlight how human beings are being incinerated by US drones. The US drone attacks in Pakistan and other countries are terrorist in nature themselves, and amount to assassinations or extra judicial killings.

May I ask, what is the difference between a suicide bomber and a hit that’s been carried out by a drone? Both damage and destroy much more than just the intended target.

I have absolutely no problem with any country going after terrorists or perpetrators of violent crimes, but killing innocent people in the name of fighting terrorism is truly unacceptable.

Just like the shooting of Malala, the drone strikes are unjustifiable and should be condemned in the strongest terms by the international community, which, to date, remains very silent.

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