Barrack Obama admits conducting drone attacks in Pakistan
President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama has officially admitted for the first time that the US is involved in drone attacks in Pakistan and said that these focussed and targeted attacks are absolutely crucial to fight against Al-Qaida.
US started a so-called war against terror after 9/11 and has killed uncountable people in Afghanistan and Iraq. The new target of the US seems to be Pakistan, where it has been conducting drone attacks in the tribal areas of the country.
The political and defence analysts in Pakistan and around the world feel that drone attacks are counter-productive because they cause a huge number of civilian causalities. In the year 2009 alone, 708 people died because of drone attacks and according to
the official figures of the Government of Pakistan, 700 were innocent women and children.
After more than 10 years of the war on terror, it is quite evident for the political analysts that it was a part of the ‘Great Game’ and it was just a step to take control of resources of the middle-east and South Asia.
However, Obama likes to differ and said drone attacks are accurate and they are effectively helping the US fight against the terrorists. The US president claimed that a number of Al-Qaida leaders have been killed by the drone attacks.
Obama said, "For the most part, they’ve been very precise precision strikes against Al-Qaeda and their affiliates, and we’re very careful in terms of how it’s been applied. This is a targeted, focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists,
who are trying to go in and harm Americans, hit American facilities, American bases, and so on."
Some people ask that if Al-Qaida is such a big threat for the US then why not a single event of terrorism occurred in America since 9/11?
On the other side of the coin, the spokesperson of the foreign office of Pakistan, Abdul Basit has said that drone attacks are a violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty.
“Our views on drone strikes has been clear. These attacks are in violation of sovereignty. Notwithstanding tactical advantages of drone strikes, we are of the firm view that these are unlawful, counterproductive and hence unacceptable," Abdul Basit said.