Thursday, October 07, 2010

Pakistan: ‘Unable or unwilling!’

Editorial, The Nation, Oct 6, 2010

It is becoming pathetic to see the Pakistani state whimpering its protests against the spiralling aggression against its territory and people by NATO and the US. The government finally saw fit to register a protest with NATO HQ in Brussels while Pakistani security forces blocked only one, an done wonders why, of two vital NATO supply routes – a mere symbolism rather than an actual act of reciprocal hostility. Even worse was President Zardari’s request to the CIA Chief not to breach Pakistan’s sovereignty. He should have refused to meet the CIA Chief.

Given how NATO has now directly targeted the Pakistan military by attacking an FC post, this is effectively an act of naked aggression. So it has become incumbent upon the Pakistani state to order its military to retaliate in kind. We have had the FATA tribesmen protest the drone strikes and there is a general view that acts of terrorism will probably increase in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after these NATO attacks.

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