Imran Khan Gets an Early Christmas Present
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  • Mark Michael

    I was listening to NPR on my car radio a day ago (10-23-2013) and they were discussing this Amnesty International report on our drone strikes in the part of Pakistan just over the border from Afghanistan. One of the persons was a Pakistani studying in America from this tribal area next to Afghanistan that was the subject of the drone strikes. (Not sure of the name of the province – if part of the southern area bordering on Iran itself and southern Afghanistan, or further north.) Anyway, this Pakistani said his relatives were happy to see the US drones take out the Al Qaeda operatives, since they brought nothing but misery to them. Those drone strikes never killed any fellow Pakistanis, since the AQ terrorists isolated themselves from the native population. Any deaths were strictly within their compounds. They were always very careful to target just those compounds; they assumed they had ground spotters helping them.

    On the other hand, whether the regular Pakistani military came to clean out the AQ camps, they killed the natives indiscriminately. Many innocent people died at from the bombs of their F-16s, their military tanks and APC vehicles. He reflected the tensions within Pakistan and the different tribal groups. The ISI is a hated group by these native tribes. He challenged the standard Amnesty International storyline, which is just the line of Islamabad.

    Not sure of the province – maybe Baluchistan or one of the further north provinces that do not appreciate rule from Islamabad.

    • USNK2

      A global map from 1848 shows Baluchistan as a nation, south of Afghanistan, and west of Hindoostan.

      Now the Baluchis are split between Iran and Pakistan, where they challenge the Pakistani government for more autonomy and a fairer share of their resources, and overlap with the Pahstuns (mostly Ghilzai) who harbor the Afghan Taliban, around Quetta.

      The Pakistani Pashtun (mostly)Mehsud) province to the north is Waziristan, where Pakistan’s Taliban come from.

      Malala Yousefzai, of the Swat Yousefzai Pashtuns, made it a point to disucss drone strikes during her recent Oval Office visit.

      Imran Khan’s Pashtun lineage is fascinating.

      Apologies to all Pashtuns and Baluchis for over-simplifying.

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