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Pk's Ground - US Base(s)

August 21, 2010

Health relief operations in Jacobabad are not possible because the airbase in the area is controlled by the US: Health Secretary Khushnood Lashari during an appearance at the Senate Standing Committee on Health on Wednesday, August 19, 2010.

"Health relief operations are not possible in the flood-affected areas of Jacobabad because the airbase is with the United States," Mr Lasharisaid while answering a question asked by Senator Semeen Yusuf Siddiquiof PML-Q.

Dr Jahanzeb Aurakzai, coordinator of the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Centre, said: "Foreign health teams could not start relief operations in remote areas because there are no airstrips close to several areas, including Jacobabad."

"It is very unfortunate that Americans can launch a drone attack from Shahbaz airbase but the government is helpless even in using the country's base for relief operations," Senator Semeen said while talking to this correspondent.

"I don't know why the health minister failed to report the matter to the quarters concerned, specifically the Pakistan Army.

"The airbase, which I think the government has given on lease to the Americans, should be used to provide immediate health relief to the flood-affected people."
(Imran Ali Teepu, Airbase near Jacobabad under US control, Senate panel told, August 19, 2010),+senate+panel+told 

Pakistan is a geopolitical hub from Washington's perspective and they have been using it for secret intelligence operations; there are several US military bases in the country. "U.S. Special Forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counter-terrorism units" (William Arkin, Washington Post, December 2007). To justify its counter-terrorism programs, Washington increases its covertsupport to the 'terrorists'.

"Tehran charges that US Special Forces units are using bases in Pakistan for undercover operations inside Iran designed to foment Baluch opposition to the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad" (Selig SHarrison, Pakistan's Baluch insurgency, October 2006).

There is dire need to overcome the ideology, which glorify discrimination and transform the environment of bureaucracy,which portray inequality. The concept is to be tailored to make government servants realize including the president that they are public servants; luxurious castles used by them must be utilized for educational institutions and research. Independent foreign policy must be crafted and US military bases must be closed."

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