Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pleading for Viable Peace


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Under the leadership of Imran Khan, the PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) is all set to go for “peace march” to South Waziristan, where a vast majority of the vulnerable tribal communities live under constant threat to their lives and properties.
Beyond doubt, the region is infested with a minority of dangerous extremists/militants, drug lords, war lords and what not, yet the drone strikes are known to keep killing the rogues along with the innocent civilians due to lack of appropriate precautionary measures for no fault of the adversely affected ones indeed.
The extremists in turn take revenge from the public anywhere throughout the country. Since the drone attacks are counterproductive and are giving rise to radicalization instead, PTI is proceeding with the bold step to familiarize the international community through raising this ignored issue.
Imran Khan said on channel 4, “We reject claims suggesting that drone strikes are highly precise and effective. If they were to be believed, why is the media not allowed to verify these claims?”
But, the sad part is when the government reacts just with lip service and nothing beyond.
The region of Waziristan have two parts North and South with quite distinct characteristics, though both tribes are subgroups of the Wazir Tribe. Shaukat Khanum (Khan’s mother), belonged to the Burki tribe of Kaniguram in South Waziristan.
Although dangerous outlaws live in the area, yet Taliban presence in the region is seen as the greatest threat by the international community.
Despite the security concerns, the PTI is bold enough to go ahead as planned - hoping a presence of Pak soldiers in the area will help the rally run smoothly.
Over 100,000 people including women will be participating in the rally just to open “international eyes” to make the hidden truth visible. Unfortunately, the people from North Waziristan most likely will face trouble attending the Rally due to strict rules imposed by the Army deployed in the area.
Moreover, PTI condemns government act of making it difficult for the international media to come to Pakistan for a cause which is in the interest of Pakistan.
Amazingly, a civil society delegation from the USA with 30 Members has already arrived in Islamabad to participate in the PTI peace rally on October 6/7 - to protest against drone strikes despite a travel advisory for Pakistan issued by the US State Department. The visiting delegation along with the parents of U.S. Army soldiers is keen to march with PTI to South Waziristan (The Nation). Former US army Colonel/ex Ambassador Anne Wright heads the delegation. Wright had resigned from the Army when U.S. started its war against Iraq in 2003. Being an anti-war activist and a member of the U.S. civil society organisation, she works for global peace and maintains that drone attacks are against principles of human rights. Her focus is to register her protest against the drone-attacks through rallying.
Wright's message to the people of Pakistan:
“We came from US for this historic march against drone attacks. We also went the places in US from where the drones are operated and we registered our protest. We are also protesting US war policies and we are telling you that US people are also against these attacks. We want to say to you that we Americans are protesting against US government and we request you to raise protest against your government.”
And Mr. Khan accused the Pak government for not issuing visas to foreign journalists and human rights activists who wanted to attend the rally. The concerned people  want the world to see how counter-productive these strikes really are while fighting terrorism, because the drone strikes are causing more radicalisation.
Sadly, the people of Waziristan are displaced, infrastructure has been destroyed, and all economic activity is almost paralysed.
On the contrary, the US officials call drones the 'most precise system' in their arsenal, yet the identities of the victims remain undisclosed; also the elimination of terrorists becomes questionable for want of evidence.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has recorded at least 2570 deaths since 2004 in 346 drone strikes.(Rob Crilly-Telegraph's Pakistan Correspondent).
There are 32 drone strikes so far in 2012 on FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas). But a total of 340 drone strikes have killed more than 800 civilians and have caused around 3,300 casualties more or less, how many were militants? (No confirmed data available).
 At the moment, It’s government’s responsibility to provide security to the media personnel, so that the scheduled “peace march” receives its due coverage. Also, for the International coverage, foreign media and the international human right activists must be facilitated to report the ground reality & spread the credible information worldwide.
Since the visiting delegation plans to present a petition already signed by thousands of US citizens condemning drone attacks, a wider gap between the Americans and the Pakistanis would be narrowed to a great extent.
Hopefully, the peace rally would give a strong message to the world that Waziristan people are in fact peaceful and anti militancy.
Encouraging for all concerned  is - Imran Khan always favours ‘dialogue process’ for the collective good of all.
In fact, drone strikes appear to be backfiring, as the extremism and militancy is on the rise. Furthermore, weeding out a minority of suspected militants doesn’t mean a licence to kill collaterally under any excuse or circumstance.
And, being an ally for war on terror, Pakistan has already sacrificed 34000 of its innocent citizens, 4000 soldiers and damaged its economy to the tune of $68 billion, yet militancy has gotten worse, therefore, now a non military solution is the best option.
Most importantly, a “negotiated settlement” must be given a free hand.
Last of all, not only the “peace rally” is a great move to help out the people of Waziristan, but it will be a mile stone for peace in the region.

21 comments:

Pari said...
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Anonymous said...

ouch! too much optimism.

Anonymous said...

It will be a trunning point in Pakistani Sayasit

TariqMian said...

Pari, anonymous, anonymous

thanks for comments

Palomasea said...

Hello Tariq,
I am hoping that all will be safe in this powerful and necessary event. And may the international media give it the coverage it deserves.
As always, praying for peace...
Thank you so much for that beautiful quote from Mother Teresa.
Blessings and wishes for a great weekend,
- Irina

leo said...

Tariq Sb
It is good to protest against the drone attacks which kills our people in suspect of militants.
World know about the truth and the media can play a vital role to cover the rally.

OMG: said...

the peace march ended at TAANK, which is good enough to inernationalize the delicate issue.

iremi nisces said...

Interesting read, by the way the answer to your question has arrived on ireminisces about shaving the head..

Take Care

TariqMian said...

thanx Irina!

TariqMian said...

@LEO,
media is supposed to play its role in informing the world about the truth.

TariqMian said...

@ iremi nisces

JAZAK ALLAH!!!!!!!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Another fine article Tariq.

Tis a pity you are not a news reporter accessible to all for you are indeed a wise man - and the world is in much need of wisdom.

Anna :o]

sunny said...

lovely post

TariqMian said...

@hyperCRYTICAL,
thanx

TariqMian said...

@sunny,
I do appreciate your remark.

A Great Liar said...

I sincerely hope that the protest in question achieves the desired result. Good post!

TariqMian said...

@(A Great Liar),
yes to some extent, Mr khan has been able to attract international attention.

iremi nisces said...

Asalamu alaikum.

Thank you so much, I have responded to your comment on my blog. Have you read "Water"

Take Care

TariqMian said...

@ iremi nisces,
Yes, I will.

iremi nisces said...

Asalamu alaikum.

Eid Mubarak!

Take Care.

Deuschle said...

lovely post

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