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10 February, 2012

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Moscow: American drones hitting targets on Pakistani territory is illegal, and involvement of the Pakistani spy agencies with Taliban not even worthy of comment, said Pakistan's Foreign Minister, exclusive to Russian English news channel "RT" on Thursday.

Attacks by US drones on Pakistani territory are illegal and cannot be tolerated, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told RT.

In a recent development, a US drone strike killed four people in the Pakistani northwest tribal region on Thursday. On Wednesday nine people were killed in another attack, including some Taliban fighters. These follow tensions between the Pakistani government and the US administration over American air strikes last year that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani troops.

According to the minister, the US attacks promote extremist moods in the region.

"Drones are not only completely illegal and unlawful and have no authorization to be used within the domains of international law but even more importantly, they are counter-productive to the objective of getting this region rid of militancy, and terrorism and extremism," Hina Rabbani Khar said.

"Because if one strike leads to getting you target number one or target number three today, you are creating five more targets or 10 more targets in the militancy that it breeds, in the fodder that it gives to the militants to attract more people to join their ranks," Pakistan first woman and youngest foreign minister said.

"We are today in Pakistan suffering from the consequences of what many other powers of the world decided to do in that region to rid itself of the challenge that appeared in 1979, which was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan," she added. "In trying to deal with that we have created certain groups which are today a challenge to everybody," she added.

Allegations that the Pakistani security forces maintain close contact with Taliban and even sponsor them are old and do not even "worth a comment," Hina Rabbani Khar told RT.

"I think every intelligence agency in the world maintains ties with one group or the other and all of them at some level," she said. "These ties are now pretty much out at the open because people are openly talking about talking to these people. This is something which is not even worth a comment," Khar said.


Reader Comments:

Drones and militancy are some offshoot excuses to cover up the real agendas. Even worked up false hyper to separate Balochistan from its inseparable integral union with Pakistan has been and will be even more exercised with ugly ploys as geography of Balochistan province grants it the key to access Central Asia and disturb Russia's underbelly on one side and to isolate the energy supplies to China on the other end.

It is replay of the great game of the 19th century with many folds intensity and dangers and targets China's rise that is destined to be on very top within couple of decades and could shift the entire balance of wealth and power to China led Asia. There are five economy builders of any nation's economy. China has surpassed America in three(steel production, car production and power production) and is positively and rapidly closing the gap in other two(oil refining and gas use). Oil refining is the most important dollar wise and comprises about 40-45 percent of the basket of five. America's oil refining has reached saturation for the last three decades and stands at 18-19 mbpd. China's oil refining has surpassed 10 mbpd and is reaching 14 mbpd in 2015. China could become the world's number one oil refining nation between 2020-2025 with free flow of oil and gas from the world's grandest energy reserves of Siberia and Iran.

Balochistan could become the backyard of energy supplies as corridor to China. Drones and militancy are bare excuses, while the real great game of the 21st century is to inhibit the energy flow to China.

Pakistan has to try very hard to preserve the nation's integrity with special attention to Balochistan. It could become a
WW3 equation that could drag our country in. Russia and China combined are taking very serious measures and positioning to counter the other main player. Pakistan must be neutral militarily and Pak military should and must play un-inhibited peace play within Pakistan.


Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 11 February, 2012

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