Petition: Resume Drone Attacks on Taliban, Al Qaeda and Sipah-e-Sahaba
An SOS petition to resume drone attacks on Jihado-sectarian terrorists hiding in Pakistan
This is an urgent Save our Souls (SOS) appeal to save Afghanistan and Pakistan's peaceful Sufi (Barelvi) Muslims, Shia Muslims, Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, Pashtuns, Balochs, Hazaras, Tajiks and other persecuted and target killed groups from terrorist activities of Al Qaeda, Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba operative hiding in Pakistan's tribal areas (FATA) and to expand such attacks to terrorists hideouts in Mansoora (Lahore), Jamia Binooria (Karachi), Lal Masjid (Islamabad) and Taliban Shura (Quetta). For that purpose, we, the citizens of various countries, request the USA government as well as NATO officials to urgently resume their surgical drone attacks against the Saudi-ISI supported Jihado-sectarian militants hiding in FATA and elsewhere (Pakistan). We believe that the humanitarian costs of no-drone attacks is much higher than the collateral damage of such attacks as is evident through the recent killing of 15 Pakistan soldiers in Waziristan and the massacres of 90 Sufi and Shia Muslims on Ashura in Afghanistan.
The Jihado-sectarian terrorists, ideological and financially supported by Saudi Arabia and structurally and logistically supported by Pakistan army, are hiding in Pakistan's Federal Administered Tribal Area (FATA), particularly in North and South Waziristan, Kurram, Orakzai and adjoining areas. These areas are currently independently ruled by the Al Qaeda, Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (also known as Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal-Jamaat ASWJ aka Lashkar-e-Jhangvi LeJ), Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and other similar Jihado-sectarian organizations. For all practical purpose, the writ of the Pakistani State is non-existent in these areas; Pakistan's elected government remains a hostage to the powerful army and spy agency networks (ISI, MI etc). Pakistan government is unable to enforce the rule of law in these areas because the Jihado-sectarian organizations are supported by Pakistan army. From the Pakistan-army enabled sanctuaries, Jihado-sectarian operatives of Al Qaeda, Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba are able to not only nurture and train Jihadis and suicide bombers but also export them to conduct terrorist operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Europe, USA and other countries. Based on statistical evidence, such Jihado-sectarian terrorists are responsible for hundreds of attacks on Afghan soldiers and civilians, NATO officials and soldiers, Westerns citizens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sufi (Barelvi) Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Shia Muslims (including but not limited to Hazara Shias) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, Hindus and other ethnic or religious minority communities in the region. Jihadis trained in Taliban-Sipah-e-Sahaba controlled areas are also known to have conducted terrorist operations in various European countries.
Recently (in November 2012) , USA and NATO have put a halt to their sophisticated drone attacks on Al Qaeda-Taliban-Sipah-e-Sahaba hideouts in FATA buckling under strategic and diplomatic pressure of Pakistan army. The absence of the drone attacks has enabled the Jihado-sectarian terrorists to reorganize and reinforce their attacks against Western, Pakistani and Afghan targets.
This fact has also been reported in the international media. For example, the New York Times (8 January 2012) reports that:
A nearly two-month lull in American drone strikes in Pakistan has helped embolden Al Qaeda and several Pakistani militant factions to regroup, increase attacks against Pakistani security forces and threaten intensified strikes against allied forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Diplomats and intelligence analysts say the pause in C.I.A. missile strikes — the longest in Pakistan in more than three years — is offering for now greater freedom of movement to an insurgency that had been splintered by in-fighting and battered by American drone attacks in recent months. Several feuding factions said last week that they were patching up their differences, at least temporarily, to improve their image after a series of kidnappings and, by some accounts, to focus on fighting Americans in Afghanistan. More radical militant groups continue attacking Pakistani forces. Just last week, Taliban insurgents killed 15 security soldiers who had been kidnapped in retaliation for the death of a militant commander. The spike in violence in the tribal areas — up nearly 10 percent in 2011 from the previous year, according to a new independent report — comes amid reports of negotiations between Pakistan army and some local Taliban factions. A logistics operative with the Haqqani terrorist group, which uses sanctuaries in Pakistan to carry out attacks on allied troops in Afghanistan, said militants could still hear drones flying surveillance missions, day and night. “There are still drones, but there is no fear anymore,” he said in a telephone interview. The logistics operative said fighters now felt safer to roam more freely. Over all, drone strikes in Pakistan dropped to 64 last year, compared with 117 strikes in 2010, according to The Long War Journal, a Web site that monitors the attacks. However, lull in drone attack also means an increase in attacks on Western targets in Afghanistan, as well as on Sufi (Barelvi) Muslims, Shia Muslims, Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and other minority groups. It makes sense that a lull in U.S. operations, coupled with ineffective Pakistani efforts, might lead the terrorists to become complacent and try to regroup,” one American official said. “We know that Al Qaeda’s leaders were constantly taking the U.S. counterterrorism operations into account, spending considerable time planning their movements and protecting their communications to try to stay alive.”
C. Christine Fair, an assistant professor at Georgetown University who just returned from a month in Pakistan, put it more bluntly: “They’re taking advantage of the respite. It allows them to operate more freely.
In the past week, leaflets distributed in North Waziristan announced that the Afghan Taliban and Al Qaeda had urged several Pakistani militant groups to set aside their differences and some commanders have reportedly asked their fighters to focus on striking American-led allied forces in Afghanistan. The Pakistani groups include the Pakistani Taliban, an umbrella group led by Hakimullah Mehsud that has mounted attacks against the Pakistani state since the group was formed in 2007. The new council also includes the Haqqani network and factions led by Maulvi Nazir of South Waziristan and Hafiz Gul Bahadur of North Waziristan, which already target NATO soldiers and have tacit peace agreements with the Pakistani military. One of the main drivers of the accord was Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network, prompting some Pakistani analysts to reason that the Pakistani Army had also prodded the creation of the council, or shura, to maintain its leverage in any peace negotiations. Last summer Adm. Mike Mullen, who was then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the Haqqanis “a veritable arm” of Pakistan’s main military spy agency.
(Adapted from New York Times, 8 Jan 2012)
It is widely believed and quoted that hundreds of civilians are dying annually in drone attacks. Interestingly this assertion has been refuted by researches carried out by Aryana Institute for Regional Research Advocacy and by some independent researchers including Matthew Fricker, Avery Plaw, Brian Glyn Williams, Shahid Saeed and Awais Masood. They have shown not only that civilian casualties are quite fewer but also that drones are quite popular among ordinary people of FATA. http://criticalppp.com/archives/48058
In the light of the above, it is an urgent SOS situation and an ethical and legal duty to save the lives of thousands of innocent Barelvi (Suf) Muslims, Shias, Ahmadis, Christians, and other oppressed groups of Afghanistan and Pakistan by resuming drone attacks on the Jihado-sectarian terrorists hideouts in FATA (Pakistan). Such attacks will also ensure that American, Afghan, Pakistani and other soldiers and civilians remain unharmed by future terrorist attacks by the Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Al Qaeda.
Drone attacks are an urgent surgical operation, which are empirically documented to have minimal collateral damage, and are believed to be the most effective technique used to rid world of the Jihado-sectarian terrorists.
This appeal is from the citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iran, USA, UK and other countries. We are all global citizens and belong to various religious and ethnic groups. However, we agree on the fact that the Saudi-Pakistan army supported Jihado-sectarian terrorists are the most dangerous threat to the regional and international peace. In the given geo-strategic circumstances, drone attacks offer the most viable hope to eliminate the menace of terrorism form this part of the world.
We aslo urge that the radius of drone attacks and other surgical strikes must be expanded to Punjabi Taliban hiding in Lahore's Mansoora, Karachi's Jamia Binuria, Quetta's Taliban Shura and other Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi hideouts in other parts of Pakistan.
May God be with those who kill terrorists and their mentors!
Signatories (8 January 2012)
Muhammad Attar Qadri (Pakistan)
Adeel Najam (Pakistan)
Sania Saleem (Pakistan)
Salim Jan Mehsud (Pakistan)
Farzand Baloch (Pakistan)
Ahmed Ali Yusufzai (Afghanistan)
Anwar Karzai (Afghanistan)
Ahmad Daiyar (Afghanistan)
Maryam Mazari (Iran)
Tony Permal (India)
Kapil Parkash (India)
Andrew Tourish (UK)
Peter Helm (USA)
Pam Davis (USA)
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