Four missiles launched by a US drone has killed up to 17 people in north-west Pakistan, according to security sources, in the latest in a series of remote-controlled attacks which are straining relations between Washington and Islamabad.
The most recent drone operation targeted a hamlet in north Waziristan on Monday, a tribal area regarded as a hub for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters waging insurgencies on both sides of the porous Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
It was the third such strike in as many days – similar operations over the weekend claimed a dozen lives – and the eighth in two weeks.
On Sunday, 10 suspected militants were killed by missiles fired from a drone in Mana Raghzai village in south Waziristan. The victims had gathered to pray for a militant commander who had been killed by another drone strike on Saturday.
"There has been a great increase in US strikes," said Muhammad Nawaz, a tribal elder in north Waziristan. "The people feel terrorised because we hear the drones in the sky most of the time. The militants are furious about the missile strikes."
So, up to 17 people were slaughtered based on suspicion and no trial whatsoever?
I really can't find any justification for this kind of mass slaughtering at all when there has been no evidence released proving that the deceased or the targeted were or are "threats".
And what about the issue of national sovereignty? Would it be tolerated if a foreign power trespassed onto US territory and slaughtered numerous US citizens based on suspicion and no trial whatsoever? Wouldn't such an action incite much hatred in some, if not many people, to possibly motivate people to seek some form of violent retaliation?