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Now Tribal Areas Must Be Opened For Journalists

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All the intelligence agencies including CIA of United States and ISI of Pakistan must be brought under the direct control of US President Barack Obama. Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting which is going on in several parts of the world. It is regrettable to note that Pakistan on the one hand has provided bases to the US forces for carrying out operation in tribal areas situated on the Pak-Afghan border, but on the other hand it has been condemning the drone attacks. There will be no denying the fact the intelligence agencies have always provided wrong information to the rulers. In the past US rulers may be aware of the dirty game being played by the intelligence agencies, but they have kept silent on their role as they were in power due to these agencies. But now the situation has been changed. Now Barack Obama reached to the White House through the support of common people. The intelligence agencies have always tried to block his success, but they failed as the people won in the election.

The disclosure of US law-maker that drone attacks are being made from the bases situated in Pakistan have put the rulers in great difficulties as they have always denied that they have a deal with the United States. Actually rulers of Pakistan have always played the double game. They have tried to deceive the whole world as well as their own people. But now they are in real trouble as it is impossible for them for satisfy their people.

CIA's unmanned Predator aircraft striking terrorist targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas are flown from an airbase inside Pakistan, a senior US lawmaker said on Thursday.

The disclosure by Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a US official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to the ongoing campaign of Predator-launched missile strikes. "As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base," she said.

The CIA declined to comment, but former US intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Feinstein's account was accurate.

A spokesman for Feinstein said her comment was based solely on previous news reports that Predators were operated from bases near Islamabad.


Tribal areas which is being considered hub of terrorists should be opened for journalists as this is the only way of controlling the menace of terrorism. Jounalists from the whole world should be invited to tribal areas for seeing the situation with their own eyes. But this visit should be arranged by the people of tribal areas not the government of Pakistan. There are many things which the rulers of Pakistan have still been trying to hide from the world.

US Barack Obama will certainly open the war on terror. There are expectations he will announce relying on the people not the intelligence agencies. Actually in the past the intelligence agencies were used by the rulers for achieving their ulterior motives. Now the whole world is open. No one can hide the truth. There was a time when sending story from Pakistan was a uphill task, but now we have been exchanging the news freely. Now the rulers cannot stop us. Though they have still the power to kill us, but they cannot stop us from bringing the truth to the fore.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)
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