A massacre in Waziristan

Well, this is state terrorism

For several months now, the Pakistani army has imposed ‘economic sanctions’ on its own Waziristan region as a form of collective punishment on the Ahmedzai Wazir tribe, which has been accused of harbouring al Qaeda related militants. These sanctions and the forced closure of the bazaar at Wana has quite obviously antagonised the local population to such an extent that there were no sympathies when an explosive went off under Pakistani Army convoy near the bazaar.

The Pakistani soldiers, not ones to take this lying down, and unable to immediately find the attackers, decided to do the next best thing — fire at the onlookers.

“Soon after the explosion, troops encircled the area and started firing, using heavy machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades,” said a resident. Six people died on the spot and two others at the local hospital, doctors said. [Dawn]

Pakistan’s leaders are fond of the term state-terrorism. Well, this is it.

3 thoughts on “A massacre in Waziristan”

  1. Hmmm, how’s the doctor finding hisd own medicine, huh? Pakistan deserves what’s coming to it. Expect nio sympathies from this side of the border…

  2. This is a function of how weak the Pakistani state is on the ground in the region; as well as the relative disregard for the political costs of such an action beyond a narrowly security one.

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