- By Dr Shahida Wizarat
The timing of the attack on Malala Yousafzai on October 9 just one day after the PTI march against drone attacks is most intriguing. The attention of the world to the cruelties and barbaric bombardment of innocent civilians in FATA as revealed by the participation of 32 Americans and several British in the PTI march, its coverage by the BBC and the denunciation of drone attacks by the visiting Russian foreign minister, editorials against drone attacks in the Financial Times and other newspapers reveal the global attention that US crimes against the people of Pakistan were getting. It is also intriguing to note that after the attack on Malala Yousafzai the casualties from drone attacks increased to 18 and 27 the day before and yesterday respectively. This precious loss of life and the crimes against humanity committed by the US against these innocents is now not drawing any attention in the international media.
The poor victims have been left to fend for themselves against the US might by the armed forces of Pakistan who have a pledge to protect the people of Pakistan. Both the civilian and the military leaderships of the country by their total disregard to the killings of Pakistanis are complicit in these heinous crimes!
Pakistani society is not very organized and the people do not react quickly to happenings. Sometimes one gets the impression that people are quite callous and indifferent to the sufferings of their fellow countrymen and women. But the attack on Malala was different. This time around the civil society, media, civilian government, the army, etc appeared very well organized against the cowardly attack on Malala in a matter of just 24 hours.
And almost immediately Barak Obama who has been ordering the murder of innocent Pakistani civilians on a daily basis and Hilary Clinton were ready with their statements condemning the barbarity. Even Secretary General Ban Ki Moon condemned that attack. Madonna, a singer, learnt about it almost immediately and cried for Malala and dedicated a song to her. BBC covered Malala’s tragedy and revealed that Adam Ellick had made a documentary about her in 2009.
And the Kids Rights Foundation had nominated Malala for International Children’s Peace Prize and the awarding of the National Peace Award to her by the government in 2011.
But most intriguing was the fact that Christiana Amanpour, who is suspected of links to the CIA, of the CNN did a program on Malala. The same Christiana Amanpour who became notorious for making a reservation for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in the aftermath of 9/11 in an attempt to malign Pakistan. She was immediately ordered out of Pakistan.
The immediate and well organized reaction of the media, civil society, UN Secretary General, the highest political office in Washington, the singers, etc, convey the impression that they were ready for the situation even before the poor child was attacked. Christiana Amanpour’s interest and condemnations from Barak Obama shows that the issue is of great strategic significance to the US. It throws light on possible CIA footprints in the crime.
Similar attempts have been made in the past to reveal the serious threat to the whole world as a result of very dangerous ‘terrorists’ in North Waziristan.
These include the flogging of a woman by the Taliban a few years ago, the accusation by the UK government against 11 Pakistanis (who were later cleared of all charges) of a bomb plot planned in Britain a few years ago and the statement of Gordon Brown that 75 percent of all terrorist plots in Britain originate out of Pakistan’s Northern Areas were some of the earlier attempts to get army operation started in North Waziristan. The USA and UK have been using deception consistently as a policy instrument to further their strategic objectives. The allegation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) to justify their invasion of Iraq in 2003, are still fresh in our minds. Almost ten years on, nobody has been able to find WMDs in Iraq, but the genocide of the Iraqi people has not invoked any compassion from Barak Obama, Hilary Clinton, UN Secretary General, Modona, Christiana Amanpour. They only cry out in support of the injured when strategic US interests are involved!
It needs to be remembered that as we draw close to 2015, the US will try to accelerate the killings of innocent Pakistanis both through drone attacks as well as orchestrating Malala type incidents to draw every ones attention to the seriousness of the threats from the militants. These are more sophisticated versions of the ‘do more’ mantra. The hidden agenda behind the do more admonitions is to accelerate the pace towards the predictions of the CIA Report Global Trends in 2015, which stated that KPK and Balochistan will not be in the control of the Government of Pakistan in the year 2015.