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November 4, 2013

PHC ordered to halt Nato supplies if drone attacks not stopped

November 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Shireen M Mazari MNA and PTI Central Information Secretary has issued a rejoinder to Geo TV anchor Najam Sethi’s claims published on the front page of The News on 3 November that stopping Nato supplies would be “a kind of rebellion”.
In a rejoinder she said it was a deliberate attempt to mislead readers. “The Peshawar High Court judgement on drones of April 2013, on writ petition Writ Petition No. 1551-P/2012 inter alia held that: “That the drone strikes, carried out in the tribal areas (Fata) particularly North & South Waziristan by the CIA & US authorities, are blatant violation of basic Human Rights and are against the UN Charter ... the provision of Geneva Conventions thus, it is held to be a War Crime, cognizable by the International Court of Justice...”
In the same judgement, the PHC held that in case the US does not stop the drone attacks, then the government of Pakistan “shall sever all ties with the USA and as a mark of protest shall deny all logistic & other facilities to the USA within Pakistan.” Hence the action being contemplated by the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government is most certainly not a rebellion of any sort.
Furthermore, the oath of the CM/provincial ministers/Speaker, as provided for in the Constitution of Pakistan requires all of them, inter alia, to “always act in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity ... of Pakistan”.
His conjecture that a stoppage of Nato supplies in KP would lead to Governor’s rule and other dire consequences seems more of a wish list. The crux of the issue for him is that such an action would “strain relations with the US”! By that logic, Pakistan should not dare to do anything in its national interest of protecting its people and its territory in case it upsets the US.
On the issue of the drone killing of a Taliban leader, the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has revealed the duplicity of the US finally to the nation. Suffice it to say that the issue is one of a

deliberate attempt to sabotage the dialogue process which was finally getting started. We should always remember that talks for peace are held with the opponents and enemies fighting you, not with friends and allies.
As for his reference to me being a hypocrite for criticizing a former foreign minister as being a “US favourite” and then having him in the PTI, he should remember that II do not decide who joins PTI which comprises of people from different backgrounds and persuasions.
But as a PTI member we all subscribe to the PTI ideology and Party positions. So where is the hypocrisy in that? In fact we welcome all those who accept PTI’s stance on critical national issues including the drones and the debilitating US War on Terror.
Najam Sethi responds: Methinks Dr Mazari doth protest too much! My analysis stands. It is not in Pakistan’s national interest to severe relations with the USA. But it is in Pakistan’s national interest to fight the Taliban as an existential fight for survival as a constitutional democratic state.

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