The American missiles used inside the territory of Pakistan has killed 700 people in 2006. Only 14 wanted terrorists were killed. Senior adviser to US army, David Killculen told the congress during a briefing. He suggested that drone attacks be abolished but his advice has been neglected. If we consider this figure of 14 to be true, then the question arises that was it vital to kill them? As 98% people killed in these attacks were surely innocent, mostly women, children and old people. Can the human right groups think about this massive damage to the life of Pakistanis?
In 2009 American drones attacked Pakistani soil 44 times. During all these attacks only 5 wanted al-qaeda people were killed and 708 people died as a result of these missile attacks by man-less drones. Its like for every wanted terrorist Pakistan is made to pay for the lives of 140 innocent people. It also means that on an average 58 people die due to American missiles every month. When USA is killing 2 Pakistanis per day, how can they expect any significant number of people to support their policies in general and their Af-Pak policy in particular.
The statistics gathered by Govt. of Pakistan show that in four years (from 2006 to 2009) there has been 83 drone attacks killing a total of 1258 people. Even if 19 were wanted terrorists (why don’t you capture and try them America! is a popular slogan in Pakistan), what about the rest of 1239 innocent victims who died for US war by US drones living peacefully in their homes. How many small villages have been razed, how many destroyed houses are there and how many lost their limbs and became crippled for life? These and other questions haunt the psyche of average Pakistani where seeds of hatred against USA are growing alarmingly and US has to do something about it.