Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Pakistan Green Party statement on US attacks inside Pakistan

The Pakistan Green Party demands that the US administration stop the drone attacks inside the Pakistani territory. 900 hundred civilians have been killed since the beginning of the attacks, including children, old men, and women, with many more injured.

The attacks have also forced more than a million people to migrate from these areas to different parts of Pakistan. They have ended up living in refugee camps in Peshawar and other cities without any support from the government of Pakistan or any other international aid agency.

This situation has created very different political problems in Pakistan, where on one hand Pakistan is paying a heavy cost to be a friend of the Unites States of America in the War on Terror, and on the other hand the American administration demands more assistance from Pakistan. It is tragic that on one hand Pakistan is targeted by terrorists from Afghanistan and on the other hand American forces are attacking Pakistan. The American administration, instead of strengthening the Pakistan government, has maintained the drone attacks, which create public resentment against the government and Americans. Therefore we demand that the US stop the drone attacks in Pakistani territory immediately, and begin relief, resettlement programs, and compensation for the affected people through all possible means.

We also demand that the international community initiate peace talks with all local forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan to find peaceful solutions and address the root causes of the problems. The US should treat all regional countries equally and put political pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir issue with Pakistan, a major cause of tension in region.

The US administration must provide more funding and also invest in the economic development of Pakistan, as it has lost its share of aid received from the international community. It is argued that there is need of more support in the social sector to empower the people of Pakistan.

Issued by: Pakistan Green Party on the 23rd of April, 2009.

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