Blowback: Pakistan Taliban Say Killing of Foreign Hikers Retaliation for US Drone Strikes

 “We want to convey to the world that this is our reply to US drone attacks.”

Published on Monday, June 24, 2013 by Common Dreams
Jon Queally, staff writer

A spokesman for the Taliban movement in Pakistan on Monday publicly claimed the group’s responsibility for the killing of nine foreign hikers in the Himalayas over the weekend, saying that the massacre was a direct result of a US drone strike last month along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

The body of one of the 9 foreign tourists killed near the Nanga Parbat peak. (Photo: Reuters/Sohail Shahzad)”We did it and we claim responsibility for this attack,” said Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan in a phone call to Agence France-Presse.

“One of our factions, Junood ul-Hifsa, did it. It is to avenge the killing of Maulvi Wali ur-Rehman,” he said.

Ehsan was explicit about the motivation for the killings by adding, “We want to convey to the world that this is our reply to US drone attacks.”

As Al-Jazeera reports, ur-Rheman “died on May 29 in a US drone attack on a house in North Waziristan, the most notorious Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan on the Afghan border.”

Foreign policy experts  have argued extensively and repeatedly in recent years that the use of unmanned drones to bomb civilian populations—even as they purport to target specific military targets—would inevitably increase the prospects for violent blowback from those who feel victimized by such attacks.

Additionally troubling was the announcement by the Pakistan Taliban was that a specialized unit was created in order to carry out the attack which has left many jittery in Pakistan that tourists and other foreign nationals may now be the focus of an ongoing campaign of retaliatory violence.

Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.orgFor the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page and click on the item of interest to view. WAMMToday is also on FACEBOOK! Check the WAMMToday page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today.  Find us on TWITTER at WAMMToday (@touchpeace).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: