On 11 September 2001, 19 hijackers took control of four commercial planes flying out of the American east coast. Two planes were deliberately crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, the symbol of American power and influence. A third plane was crashed into the Pentagon, headquarter of the US department of defence. The fourth plane could not reach its intended target. Sadly, around 3,000 people lost their lives that day. the attack was considered to be one of the worst terrorist attacks on US soil. People saw its impact on global economics and international confidence. The attack was deemed to be the worst loss of life due to a terrorist incident on US soil, because the people worldwide saw a significant effect on world economic markets and international confidence.

However, on 12 September, the US Senate moved a very controversial bill regarding the 9/11 attacks. The bill permits the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government for damages. But the Saudi government , who has denied any involvement in the attacks, has vigorously objected the bill, saying that it is against the principles of international law and will set a destructive precedent for international relations.

The White House has already indicated that Barack Obama would veto the law over concerns that it won’t save the US against similar lawsuits from other countries.

In fact, we are happy that the US government has taken this step to provide justice to the families of 9/11 victims. Political and diplomatic considerations always come in the way of justice, and if the Saudi government is proven to be the perpetrator of 9/11 by a court of law, then it should be held accountable.

I hope that the families who have suffered so much loss and confronted so many hurdles will be given justice through this legislation.

ZEESHAN NASIR,

Turbat, September 19.