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Malik Jalal: What It Feels Like To Be Hunted By Drones

Pakistanis protest Hillary Clinton's visit, demanding an explanation for illegal drone attacks

Pakistanis protest Hillary Clinton’s visit, demanding an explanation for illegal drone attacks

via. The Independent

I am in the strange position of knowing that I am on the ‘Kill List’. I know this because I have been told, and I know because I have been targeted for death over and over again. Four times missiles have been fired at me. I am extraordinarily fortunate to be alive.

I don’t want to end up a “Bugsplat” – the ugly word that is used for what remains of a human being after being blown up by a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator drone. More importantly, I don’t want my family to become victims, or even to live with the droning engines overhead, knowing that at any moment they could be vaporized.

I am in England this week because I decided that if Westerners wanted to kill me without bothering to come to speak with me first, perhaps I should come to speak to them instead. I’ll tell my story so that you can judge for yourselves whether I am the kind of person you want to be murdered.

I am from Waziristan, the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. I am one of the leaders of the North Waziristan Peace Committee (NWPC), which is a body of local Maliks (or community leaders) that is devoted to trying to keep the peace in our region. We are sanctioned by the Pakistan government, and our main mission is to try to prevent violence between the local Taliban and the authorities.

In January 2010, I lent my vehicle to my nephew, Salimullah, to drive to Deegan for an oil change and to have one of the tires checked. Rumours had surfaced that drones were targeting particular vehicles, and tracking particular phone signals. The sky was clear and there were drones circling overhead.

As Salimullah conversed with the mechanic, a second vehicle pulled up next to mine. There were four men inside, just local chromite miners. A missile destroyed both vehicles, killed all four men, and seriously injured Salimullah, who spent the next 31 days in hospital.

Upon reflection, because the drones target the vehicles of people they want to kill in Waziristan, I was worried that they were aiming for me.

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    • Awesome

      Video: Texas White Supremacists Train to Shoot Muslims with Bullets Dipped in Pig’s Blood

      It is truly laughable how these troglodytes think that pigs are like kryptonite for Muslims. That they waste their time with silly pig-blood bullets only serves to undermine their self-proclaimed supremacy.

      In reality, the only thing that matters to a religious Muslim in regards to pigs, is to ensure that nothing, which comes from it is consumed. And even then, under dire circumstances, there are exceptions:

      Qur’an (English Translation) 2:172-173: You who believe, eat the good things We have provided for you and be grateful to God, if it is Him that you worship. He has only forbidden you carrion, blood, pig’s meat, and animals over which any name other than God’s has been invoked. But if anyone is forced to eat such things by hunger, rather than desire or excess, he commits no sin: God is most merciful and forgiving.

      Hence, the sin is only in the willful and unnecessary consumption of it. Otherwise, the sin is upon whoever forces or deceives a Muslim into consuming it. Thus, all of the pig-flinging is utterly meaningless.

    • 1DrM

      Oh look, it’s “rocky bore” high from the living the finer life in his lead lined trailer. Looks like this inbred has become malignant of late. These are better hashtags : #EndWhiteTerrorism #BanZionism, #SterilizeNaziVermin

    • 1DrM

      Just return the favor with bullets dipped in feces.

    • Awesome

      meanwhile, on jihad watch, there are 7 to 10 new articles/news items everyday with legitimate stories about islam’s very real dark side

      It is an easy job for the authors at jihadwatch to find a bad news story involving a Muslim, and through lies, half-truths, and hysteria, spin it into something about Islam.

      However, loonwatch has more integrity than that, so new items can be somewhat scarce sometimes. In addition, as Ilisha mentioned, it is also a money issue.

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