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End drone attacks, says Bilawal

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Pakistan People's Party Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. File photo
PTI Pakistan People's Party Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. File photo

Arguing strongly against what he called the “carpet bombing” of Pakistan, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said U.S. drone attacks were turning out to be counter-productive due to the civilian toll they take.

The leader-in-waiting of Pakistan’s ruling party called for an end to the U.S. drone attacks, which he said were a violation of his country’s sovereignty and international law.

“The continuous carpet bombing of Pakistan by drones is not only counterproductive on the war on terror, it’s also an egregious violation of our sovereignty and must end,” Mr. Bilawal Bhutto told the MSNBC news in an interview.

“It’s a violation of the US War Powers Act as well as international law. America was supposed to be that city on a hill, setting an example to the world. I do hope it returns to that status soon,” said the son of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, and slain former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.

Mr., Bilawal refuted the American argument that drone attacks were an important tool in the war against terrorism.

“No, I actually completely disagree. The drone attacks have not caught any big boys. They’ve been counterproductive with the amount of civilian casualties that they’ve had,” he argued.

“You can ask your own (US) military, they admit, barring Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, when provided actionable intelligence, has caught, captured or killed more al Qaeda operatives than any other nation on earth,” he told the MSNBC.

Mr. Bilawal said both Pakistan and the United States, were working to resolve their differences.

“And I’m hopeful that they will resolve their differences because we have a common goal and we can only achieve it together,” he said.

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Bilawal could not capture the imagination of Pakistani masses, this picture may capture the imagination of some Bollywood directors and producers.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: May 27, 2012 at 00:14 IST

It is difficult to make sense of the utterances of this overgrown child who aspires to be leader of Pakistan some day. He shows no awareness that Pakistan’s official agencies are full of those who sympathise with the objectives and methods of extremists, who are known by various names, e.g., Haqqani Network, Pakistani Taliban (TTP), now even the Punjabi Taliban (of southern West Punjab), etc., who go on assisting Afghan Taliban in killing Isaf troops in Afghanistan. The US asks Pakistan repeatedly to act against such elements but Pakistan does nothing. When US operatives find out where some Pakistani militants (that is, terrorists) are located, they resort to drone attacks, killing some of the militants. Some civilians are killed as incidental to the main action. The US says: If you don’t act against militants, then we will. They do – effectively. Mr Bilawal should ask his government and ministers to act to eliminate militants instead of criticizing the US in season and out of season.

from:  Dr V. C. Bhutani
Posted on: May 26, 2012 at 17:48 IST
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