Cries of drone-killed taxi driver’s fam­ily

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

THE drone at­tack in Noshki, Balochis­tan was most con­demnable inci dent as it amounted to sheer vi­o­la­tion of Pak­istan’s sovereignty by the power-drunk United States and, there­fore, it is rightly be­ing de­nounced by the en­tire na­tion and protested by Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties. How­ever, equally con­demnable was the killing of in­no­cent driver of the ve­hi­cle, which was hit by the US drone. A Pak­istani cit­i­zen was killed in the das­tardly at­tack but the is­sue has not been high­lighted as it should have been.

Now his fam­ily has moved against his cruel killing by lodg­ing an FIR against the US au­thor­i­ties on mur­der charges. The plight of the fam­ily has been sum­ma­rized by a sen­tence in the FIR which points out he was the sole bread­win­ner of the large joint fam­ily, and that this was an at­tack on the fam­ily that hardly earns enough for two meals a day. It is iron­i­cal that nei­ther the Pak­istani, nor Amer­i­can gov­ern­ments have so far con­tacted the fam­ily con­sist­ing of Azam’s wife, his four chil­dren, and a dis­abled brother Yar Muham­mad, to con­dole or dis­cuss com­pen­sa­tion af­ter the loss of the bread earner. This speaks vol­umes about ap­a­thy of all con­cerned over killing of a Pak­istani na­tional in a uni­lat­eral drone strike. Ear­lier too, a num­ber of Pak­ista­nis be­came vic­tim to drone strikes but noth­ing was done ex­cept con­sid­er­ing them as col­lat­eral dam­age. This runs con­trary to the acute con­cern shown by the United States on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions in the past when it went out of the way to get re­lease of its na­tion­als who were guilty of mur­der of Pak­ista­nis. The fam­ily of the driver has taken the right step by lodg­ing an FIR against the United States and we be­lieve it is duty of the Govern­ment as well as le­gal com­mu­nity to ex­tend all pos­si­ble as­sis­tance to the fam­ily to pur­sue the case at dif­fer­ent fo­rums. We also ex­pect from the United States, which con­sid­ers it­self as cham­pion of hu­man rights, not only to of­fer apol­ogy but also ex­tend ad­e­quate com­pen­sa­tion to the fam­ily of the vic­tim. If the United States can give per­mis­sion to its cit­i­zens to file suit against for­eign gov­ern­ments for com­pen­sa­tion over killed of their near and dear ones in 9/11 at­tack then why should it avoid pay­ing the same to the fam­i­lies of in­no­cent peo­ple killed in nu­mer­ous drone at­tacks in Pak­istan and other parts of the globe.

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