States Foreign Policy towards Pakistan By Syed Ali Farhan Shah

Stated foreign policy of United States of America towards Pakistan says:
‘A stable democratic, prosperous Pakistan actively combating religious militancy is considered vital to U.S interests. U.S concerns regarding Pakistan include regional and global terrorism; Afghan stability; democratization and human rights protection; the ongoing Kashmir problem and Pakistan-India tensions; and economic development’
But there are a number of prominent violations of its foreign policy by United States of America which includes violation of human rights, violation of territorial sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan, spying on nuclear program, interference in internal matters of Pakistan, limiting political independence and other relative matters.
There seems to be a prominent different in the ‘stated’ foreign policy of America and its ‘obvious’ ones. American stated foreign policy says that they work for stability, sovereignty, and prosperity of Pakistan but there have been instances in which we see that America has been involved in a number of internal affairs of Pakistan like internal elections, policy making, judiciary matters and so forth.
A study called The Year of the Drone published in February 2010 by the New American Foundation found that in a total of 114 drone strikes in Pakistan carried out between 2004 and early 2010, approximately 834 to 1,216 persons had been killed, about two-thirds of whom were militants and one-third civilians. In a similar study, the Brookings Institution highlighted the “horrendously indiscriminate nature of drone attacks in Pakistan.” It concluded that more than 600 civilians had died due to the attacks in Pakistan. Thus, as a result every militant is killed at the cost of 10 civilians. The drone attacks by the US violate both the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions of 1949, which prohibit willful killing.
“Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights denounces the US missile strikes as gross violation of human rights, territorial integrity, political independence, and sovereignty of the country.”
“According to Article 57(2)(a)(i), the planners of the attack must take utmost precautionary measures to verify that the objects of the attack are not civilians and under Article 57(4) reasonable precautions must be taken to avoid losses of civilian lives and civilian objects. Under Articles 10 and 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 10 ensures that everyone is entitled to a fair public hearing and Article 11(1) states that anyone charged with a penal offence is presumed innocent until proven guilty in accordance with law. The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, Philip Alston has also criticized the drone strikes in Pakistan on the basis that they violate the laws described in the article.”
US emphasize on human right protection in Pakistan but there have been a number of major instances which make us doubtful about American foreign policy towards Pakistan the major one remains the case of Aafia Saadique. Stephen Lendman in his article ‘WikiLeaks Reveals Diplomatic Cables on Aafia Saadique’ states the 86 years imprisonment sentence of Aafia Saadique as ‘Gross miscarriage of justice’.
“US has taken extrajudicial steps that are in violation of not only the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 1966, but also numerous other treaties and United Nations (UN) resolutions such as UN Convention against Torture (CAT) 1975, International Customary Laws against Torture, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 37/194 of 1982 for Principles of Medical Ethics, UNGA Resolution 43/173 of 1988 and UNGA Resolution 3452 (XXX). These treaties and resolutions ensure the protection of the inalienable rights of a person and also prohibit a person from being subjected to torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading (CID) treatment.”
There has always been widespread dismay in Pakistan about unabashed US interference in the country’s internal matters. There have been number of instances in which we have seen too much interference of USA in some of the major internal matter of Pakistan but the question that is asked my every other educated Pakistani is that till how long will USA dominate this region? People have high expectations with the new democratically elected government of Pakistan with Mr. Sharif as its Premier for the third time. Let’s hope what magic he can play around this time.



The Ultimate Fighting Warplane Pakistani JF-17 Thunder by Saddan Zafar







Initially In 1989, the Chinese Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CCAC) unveiled a major upgrade for its locally-made F-7 jet fighter, a licensed copy of the classic Soviet MiG-21. Twenty-one years later, this upgrade—now named JF-17 Thunder is used in flying combat missions with the Pakistani air force.  The much improved JF-17 Thunder has greater capacity to hold big radar and wider pilot visibility. Further enhanced design and a new more powerful engine, the JF-17 is Pakistan’s most important front-line fighter—and a remarkable extension of a basic plane design dating back to the 1950s.

Importance of JF-17

 As large machines comes with huge money as previously Pakistan air force is primarily based on American technology including the famous F-16 that costs between 80 -100 million dollars. However with strong collaboration from Russia, China and Pakistan JF-15 costs between 20 – 25 million dollars that brings a huge advantage in the reduction of cost. Moreover, the powerful engine from Russia and efforts from both China and Pakistan has made JF-17 a very effective machine with relatively a lower cost. Production began in China in 2006 and soon moved to a facility in Pakistan owned by the Pakistani air force, making the JF-17 the only jet fighter in the world actually manufactured by an air arm, ratherthan by a private corporation. Islamabad inaugurated the first Thunder squadron in 2010. The same year, the new jets flew bombing missions targeting suspected terrorists in South Waziristan, part of Pakistan’s tribal area. Also Pakistan is planning to export these planes to other potential states and countrkl;kl;ties to generate profits like other famous fighting planes like American F-16s and Soviet MiGs .

Clearly pleased, Islamabad ordered 150 JF-17s to form the backbone of its air force for the next 30 years. More than 40 are already in service. New versions of the same plane are being developed and JF-17 thunder bock II might be coming up this year with greater improvements.

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I Feel No Pain by Syed Hamza Haider

Today I feel no pain, I fear no devil and I fear no hell.

I am a person sitting on a wheelchair and 12 years have passed. 12 years which have been a living hell for me. 12 years which have been a result of an accident that happened which made my life worthless. It’s been seven years since 9/11.


Today I sit on my wheel chair; I look outside and I see a park. I see a park which used to be crowded. Where I could see people chatting, children playing and laughing, birds flying and the cool wind blowing. Those were times filled with joy and laughter. Those were the times when my daughters sat and read books, my son played with his friends, my wife looked after the house singing like a bird and I, I was a proud possessor of a happy and healthy family.……and then 9/11 took place. Everything changed. My life is destroyed. They killed my wife. They took away my son to an unknown place, my innocent daughters were raped in front of me and I could not do anything to save my family. My life is lonely and empty.


Yes , this was after 9/11 when the Americans came to our country Afghanistan and destroyed us completely. When I was younger I abhorred violence, I did not want to waste a second of my time in evil and worthless things, but now  everything has changed. I want to die. In every minute I suffer 60 deaths. My desire for death is so great that I do not fear death anymore.


Today I feel no pain because I have no feelings. Today I fear no devil as I have seen the merciless devil in the eyes of the American soldiers while they bombed hundreds of my fellow countrymen to death. And lastly I fear no hell. Could any other hell be worse than this one. I have none to depend upon. No shoulder to cry on.


Yes ,now  I feel no pain, I fear no devil and I fear no hell.


This is the story of every individual in Afghanistan who has been alive since 9/11. America’s atrocious attack on Afghanistan resulted in hundreds of children being orphaned, many women being widowed. And took away the lives of many innocent people. What was this war based upon? An assumption that Osama bin Laden was hidden SOMEWHERE in Afghanistan? And so bombarded the whole country, destroyed millions of people and started a vicious cycle that led to nothing but destruction.


It is so easy to invade a country. Doesn’t that seem the case after viewing the invasion of America. A merciless invasion that left women raped and assaulted on the assumption that Osama bin Laden must be there somewhere, children being killed on the thought that we might find the world biggest terrorist somewhere, that left many men broken or arrested on the false notion of combating Al-Qaeda!!! Absurd!


All this led to chaos. A chaos which would engulf the world in its inevitable destruction. No one to earn, no one to provide food, poverty, starvation and not only were people killed by arms, the enemy called disease and starvation killed those who were left behind to mourn.


So what people suffer who are left behind. What people suffer who have witnessed the death of their loved ones, what does their psychology suffer from, what do their minds, their hearts say. This is what they say ‘ I feel no pain, I fear no devil and I fear no hell. This is what is said when you have lost everything to tyranny and cruelty. This is what that Afghani man introduced in the beginning would say.


Just imagine a man who had worked all his life, hard for his family, to see his children grow up to be prosperous individuals, imagine what would happen when his dreams are shattered and that to because of someone else’s fault. What did that innocent man have to do with the 9/11 attack. How could the whole Afghanistan be involved in this? Why punish millions for the crime of a single person and without evidence or proof of his location. Revenge will brew inside him like a pot of boiling hot water. What else would a person want rather than killing the forces who have killed his loved ones and inflicting pain on those who have done the same to him. We have made these terrorists ourselves. Our foreign policies have given birth to suicide bombers, men ready to blow up themselves are a product of the tyranny manifested by the so called super powers of the world. Do you expect a person to jump for joy when his family is killed? Do you expect a person to remain dumb and deaf and inactive after he sees his house burning down.


Forgiveness is a sweet word but there is a limit to which a human being can bear something. This vicious cycle of terrorism has begun due to a reason and we cannot lay the blame on anyone else. Afghanis held in Guantanamo bay are a picture and a reflection of the force unleashed by the Americans. What would other Afghanis do after witnessing their loved ones being stripped naked, tortured, made fun of, electrocuted, deprived of sleep.


The world is becoming a difficult place to live in. these are chaotic times. In the words of William butler from his poem ‘the second coming’ Continue reading