A high court in Pakistan has ruled that drone strikes carried out in the country by the United States are illegal and has ordered the Pakistani government to put forward a UN resolution against the attacks. The court ruled the government of Pakistan “must ensure that no drone strike takes place in the future.” “If the US vetoes the resolution, then the country should think about breaking diplomatic ties with the US.”
The court ruling creates an unprecedented level of accountability for the comprador government of Pakistan.
Pakistan is also nearing a general election, slated for May 11th. Though front-running political candidate Imran Khan ran on an anti-drone platform, most Western political commentators believe he is the best candidate to improve US-Pakistan relations over the long-term. The US, ever mindful that the Pakistani masses hate it, has not indicated if it supports a particular candidate and instead has praised the “democratic” political process. Chances are the US imperialists believe any one of the major candidates will be in its pocket.
The high standards and anti-drone rhetoric being pursued by the Pakistani government, if not carried out in full, will only de-legitimize it more and create the opportunity for a proletarian-led revolution. Anti-imperialists the world over should support and pressure the Pakistani government into efforts toward stopping US drone strikes there. When the Pakistani government fails to do this or when it becomes an obvious pawn of US imperialists, anti-imperialists the world over should support the ensuing revolutionary movement against it.
Revolutions do not occur over night. By taking an anti-drone stance, the comprador Pakistani government is walking a fine line. It is either setting a new standard for itself which is objectively against the short-term interests of US-led imperialism (a positive thing in and of itself) or it will demonstrate its inherent weakness and corruptibility, leading to widespread discontent and the potential for the development of a revolutionary movement capable of seizing power. Over the long-term, neither bode well for imperialism.