The Price of Attacking Villages in search of “Terrorists”: Thousands of Pakistanis continue to flee Taliban-plagued northwest provinces every day, but money is running out to help the 1.3 million people displaced by fighting, aid agencies warned Wednesday. Read More Here.
From Dawn.com: Displaced men and boys line up as they wait for the daily ration during a food distribution at the Chota Lahore refugee camp, at Swabi, in northwest Pakistan. – AP (File Photo)
More Suffering due to chasing “Terrorists”:
Aid distribution was suspended by the United Nations after twin suicide attacks killed 43 displaced people in northwest Pakistan at the weekend, should resume by the end of the week, the head of the UN’s emergency office said on Tuesday. But other UN and NGO programmes are in danger of being cut or closed because of lack of funding from the international community. Read More Here
From Dawn.com: The United Nations subsequently suspended humanitarian operations in Kohat as well as the neighbouring region of Hangu, where it is assisting more than 250,000 people who have fled fighting in Afghan border areas. – AFP (File Photo)
NATO Admits Four Killed Were Civilians, Not ‘Insurgents’ They were Kids Driving Home From a Volleyball Game
As details of the Monday night shooting along the roads of Afghanistan’s Khost Province continue to come out, NATO has revised its initial claim that the four teens killed included two “known insurgents” and two “suspected insurgents,” conceding that they were actually all innocent civilians. The four were driving home from a volleyball game along the highway when a military convoy spotted them. After flashing their lights at the car, the troops opened fire, killing everyone in the car. Read More Here.
Villagers “Compensated” for innocent lives being taken by Pakistani Military. Today, the living relatives received Rs.2 Lakh ($4,800 USD) and Rs.1 Lakh ($2,400 USD) for an injured person, and the relatives got jobs. So life in Pakistan is worth more than life in Afghanistan? Afghani families get “compensated” less than that, when they are “compensated”.
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani army gave compensation on Thursday to the families of the victims of the Tirah air strikes on April 10, 2010. Brigadier Basit presented the cheques at a ceremony for the Kuki Khel tribe in the Shakuf Fort in the Jamrud Tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Compensation of Rs.2 lakh each was given to families of the deceased while Rs.1 lakh each was given to the injured. A political agent of the Khyber Agency, Shafirullah Wazir, was also present at the ceremony.Wazir also announced that the injured would be provided free medical treatment and that the relaties of the victims would be appointed as levies in the FC. Kuki Khel tribesmen expressed their gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and pledged their assistance in the fight against terror.
From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).
In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. The money will be used chiefly to pay for the current military escalation and the U.S. military’s offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar planned for this summer. This week, Senator Feingold and Representative McGovern announced they are introducing legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Recently, WikiLeaks made public a classified military video (right) depicting the U.S. military killing over a dozen individuals, including two Reuters employees. A second report claims that U.S. forces covered-up details surrounding the slaying of five Afghan civilians — including two pregnant women — during a night raid in February. Killing of innocents will stop only when the war stops.
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