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Getting High On Davis, Diyat And Drones

By D. Asghar

Our so highly charged nation is somehow trying to establish a link between Davis, Diyat and Drones. The drones and their targets are absolutely unrelated to this whole Davis affair. Only a fool would have thought that drone strikes will cease, once Davis was released.

But as usual the right of the right and highly charged masses are trying to make an issue out of the non issue. I am not a proponent of such strikes, but somehow fail to understand, why all of a sudden, there is such hue and cry about these drones. The strikes were going on for ever. No one seems to ask a question, why are those drones targeted in one particular area? Who is there? Who are these drones seeking? All of a sudden FATA and its sovreignty is such a big deal. All along, the world was given this impression that we cannot do much in FATA, because it is a tribal area, only affiliated with us.

So something somewhere does not add up. A publication’s editorial touched the real reason. It was a high value target, was stricken with this recent attack. This really got the people on Pakistani Khakhi side miffed, because they were supposedly not brought on board. The US is perhaps saying, enough is enough, with or without your green signal we are going in, should a window of opportunity opens up.

The political parties are doing their circus as usual. This is their way to keep themselves busy. The comical surprises are, Altaf Bhai asking Taliban to join hands and eradicate all the injustices in our country. Bhai must be tad bit off base on this one, as Talibans are the ones, who have declared war on the innocent civilians of Pakistan. Or is it just political point scoring, or an attempt to bring TTP into the fold of civilised politics of Pakistan.

On the other side, the arch rival, Imran Khan has decided to join hands with Altaf Bhai. Wow what a surprise. Not very long ago, both were at each other’s throat, stripping every thing from each other’s body, so to speak. Imran and Altaf’s joint venture is now focusing on release of Afia. Both should put their money, where there mouth is. Gather enough funds, challenge her conviction in US Supreme court and get her released. Otherwise just shut the heck up.

Then we have PML-Q, who not very long ago were trying to cozy up with PPP. Now, with the “qaumi ghairat” on the line, have decided to boycott the assembly session, where the President is supposed to address. One of their Senator, Ms. Memon wants Pakistan to declare war on the US. Hmmm…I really need the ticket to Ms. Memon’s planet, as I think, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Right Ms. Memon. Besides, who wants to be bombed to the stone age, if Mr. Musharraf is supposed to be trusted.

So we have a soup of crazy folks running around just mouthing off whatever to aggravate the already poor situation. Trying to drill some sense in the heads high on “honour” is absolutely impossible. Davis episode is closed, said and done. The relatives are going to start a new life. Is it me or has someone thought of this as well, they had to be taken out of Pakistan, to protect them from the wrath of their own people. Wow, that’s what I call, “high on honour.” But as always, everyone else’s business is our business. I would borrow these lines from an Urdu saying, which aptly belong here, “Begaani Shadi Main Abdullah Deewana.”




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D. Asghar is a Pakistani American. A Mortgage Banker by profession who loves to write as well. He blogs frequently at popular South Asian websites. A repository of some of his scribbles is http://dasghar.blogspot.com/. He can be reached at dasghar@aol.com.

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11 Responses to "Getting High On Davis, Diyat And Drones"

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  2. thomas United States Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    The link between the drones and and Raymond Davis…is that both are cases of a foreign power picking which citizens of Pakistan to execute with no trial and no hearing and well if a few bustanders get executed too….. it’s collateral damage… and they don’t even say they are sorry, they act as if killing whomever they want is a right they posses like the Israelis who started the drone wars on the citizens of their own land.. O.K., so you don’t like the “extremists” and their fatwas and such…. but your secular leaders are all corrupt selling your souls and ours for the $$$$$$$ they get….. Worse than prostitution……..it’s forced execution…………. I don’t know how Imran Khan would be in power, but he seems like the only hope….

  3. KP 1 Canada Internet Explorer Windows says:

    @ thomas
    is that both are cases of a foreign power picking which citizens of Pakistan to execute with no trial and no hearing and well if a few bustanders get executed too

    I disagree with this …. now that finally Pakistan army has come out and stated that the drones have killed more terrorists then civilans, this theory of “foreign powers” should be laid to rest. Their admission shows that they have been active participant in these drone attacks.

    As for Imran Khan …. i see him coming to power soon – now that he has tied up with Altaf bhai. Becuase as you know – Altaf bhai, he always ends up on the winning “team” ……. no matter who is playing !!!!!!

  4. Hayyer India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    The Memon strategy reminds me of a Khalistani analogy.
    They were in a fix because the movement wasn’t going anywhere. A conclave of jathedars met to discuss strategies. After much pondering a bright young Khalistani announced ‘I have it-let us declare war on the US’
    ‘Are you especially crazy,’ his colleagues responded. ‘How can such a stupid scheme help us?’ The strategist then gave his reasoning. ‘The Yanks are known to help everyone they defeat, look at the Germans and the Japanese-ergo, when we lose we win , because they will feel compelled to come to our aid after beating us.’
    Everyone was taken up with the idea of American aid to the cause of Khalistan; till one deep thinker spoke up, ‘Hang on,’ he said, ‘what happens if we win?’

  5. MAK United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    It was a high value target … I am not a proponent of such strikes… You glibly talk the language of the arrogant ones. The same arrogant ones that use words like collateral damage for the deaths of people who belong to weak and defenseless nations, people like you and I. You have not an iota of respect for your countrymen and that is the tragedy. Tragedy for all of us confused and doubly-alienated western-oriented Pakistanis. Is it such a leap of imagination to be liberal and have some shame and core beliefs. Can all of this be laid at the door steps of Mullahs or religion ? Do you realize that we are being pushed into a situation where there will be showdown, it is only a matter of when.

  6. D. Asghar United States Safari Unknow Os says:

    @MAK,

    Thanks for proving my point. High on emotionalism, but very little substance. Put me in the “Western” slot, label me the way you see it, case closed.

    Ever been on an elevation with a 2 lane road, which winds and you have blind spots all over. You have an 18 wheeler ahead of you and you are in a tiny Suzuki car. Every attempt you make, you just can’t pass it. Your logic says, either run into the 18 wheeler and kill yourself or try to pass it, when it swerves, it sends you in the ditch, thousands of feet under, still killing you.

    My logic says, stay behind the 18 wheeler, till you reach the destination. Have the ability of getting an 18 wheeler yourself and then compete with the monster. Otherwise the ditch is waiting for you, no matter what. Of course it is easier to get to the ditch, because it is quick. It is harder to acquire or build an 18 wheeler from scratch. I know the option you would go for. Humble Regards.

  7. MAK United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    @Ashgar, Please spare me the juvenile metaphors about the perils ahead. You sound as hysterical as the mullahs. In your head, you think that somehow you are one of the few Pakistanis that are able to think rationally and rest of us need to be contemptuously prodded into being ones…

  8. Humanity United States Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    @MAK
    It would be interesting to hear your rationale for your assertion that we are being pushed into a situation where there will be showdown.

  9. Peter Sellers United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Hayyer:
    The Mouse That Roared (1959)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/
    An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don’t go according to plan.

  10. I suspect Pakistan’s withdrawal from US talks over Afghanistan may relate to the CIA’s refusal to identify other covert operatives in Pakistan during negotiations over Raymond Davis’ release. Obviously this would have come out at trial – which won’t happen now. Apparently Pakistan has launched their own investigation of 414 Americans with diplomatic passports who serve no diplomatic function. (see http://realisticbird.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/blowback-from-the-arrest-of-the-cias-raymond-davis/ ).

    Hopefully it will also shed light on the role of CIA “freedom fighters” in the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) in the terrorist violence on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    The Pentagon/CIA make no secret of their desire to see energy and mineral rich Balochistan secede from Pakistan to become a US client state – just like energy and mineral rich Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the other former Soviet republics. Especially in view of the Chinese-built port in Gwadar, Pakistan (employed to offload Iranian oil destined for China). Given that Iran and China are major political/economic rivals, it’s a pity the US media fails to report on any of this.

    I blog about this at “Our CIA freedom fighters in Pakistan”
    http://stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com/2011/03/07/our-cia-freedom-fighters-in-pakistan/

  11. Anwar United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    SJB, any effort that skews the discussion to a deeper understanding of the turmoil is considered a conspiracy theory on this blog.

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