Islamabad, Jan 10(ANI): An editorial in a Pakistan daily has dubbed the drone strikes as a consequence of the country's policy of exporting 'jihad' and called on the government to combat terrorism.
"Exporting terrorism was criminal and the consequences of supporting jihad abroad have now come to haunt us because terrorist groups like the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have launched a jihad inside Pakistan as well. Terrorists are terrorists, whether they carry out an attack inside or outside our territorial boundaries. We need to eliminate them from our soil," the editorial said.
The editorial also cited a Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) report, which pointed out that the US carried out 75 drone attacks inside Pakistan killing 609 people in 2011.
The Daily Times editorial pointed out that Pakistan had adopted a dual policy of supporting the Afghan Taliban and some of their al Qaeda affiliates, while vowing to be the US' ally in its war on terror efforts during the tenure of former president Pervez Musharraf in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks on the US.
It points out that drone strikes are a consequence of such policy, as it encouraged the militants to launch attacks on Pakistani soil.
The editorial notes that Musharraf's policy in the Laal Masjid (Red Mosque) case necessitated a military operation, which resulted in a vicious backlash by the militants. (ANI)