Joint strategy sought against drones strikes

Karachi: Central leader of Pasban Pakistan Altaf Shakoor on Friday demanded of the civil and military leadership to adopt strict strategy against national airspace violation and take bold decision to get rid of deadly drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

He expressed these views while addressing a big protest outside Karachi Press Club (KPC) here. He said continuation of drone attacks in Pakistan had left wrong impression on Pakistanis about the political will of their rulers to uphold the national sovereignty.

He said there was dire need that all national leadership should shun their differences and raise strong voice against the drone strikes. A large number of protestors holding banners, placards and portraits of Aafia Siddiqui raised slogans against the drone attacks. Pasban Pakistan activists also displayed a big symbolic replica of drone.

Shakoor said innocent civilians, including women and children, had been killed in drone attacks, which was violation of the international law and all norms of civilization. He said the civil and military leadership needed to take bold decisions to prove their country is an independent nation.

He said the nation had pinned high hopes on the government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz that it would take right decisions to get the violation of national airspace stopped for good, but sadly, the drone attacks were being not stopped despite the recent visit of Mian Nawaz Sharif to the USA and discussion of this issue with the US leadership.

He lamented that divided political leadership in Pakistan was the main hurdle in sending a strong voice to international community, including the United Nations (UN), to stop civilian deaths in these attacks.

He said like the issue of drone attacks, the matter of imprisonment of Dr Aafia Siddiqui also needed unity of political leadership in Pakistan. He said it required courage on the part of leadership to defend the national interests. He said the spineless leaders could not stop drones.