It is clear that Bashar-ul Assad didn’t learn anything from Qaddafi and Mobarak’s fate. He cannot hold the civilian movement any longer. The civil war In Syria has entered into its 23rd month and has seen at least 60,000 people killed in the conflict. The verification of casualty figures is almost impossible for media and independent human rights organizations to gather. Refugees have been flooding into neighboring countries. More than 400,000 Syrians have fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey and are registered with or receiving assistance from the UN. A further 2.5 million are thought to have been internally displaced because of the fighting. The UN also has accused security forces of deliberately targeting civilians, violating international humanitarian law. Assad government is using deadly weapons against their own people. The Syrian army is using low range ballistic missiles along with rockets in this ‘war’. Every passing day is increasing the mortality rate.

The role of international community is truly pathetic. The Security Council couldn’t pass a single resolution for peace because of China and Russia, but OIC and Arab League remained in their traditional state of torpor, it seems that they are waiting for ‘Divine’ intervention. The UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said that he doesn’t have any solution; he didn’t even have a peace plan. Assad should leave the government or the international community should take initiative to bring peace and stability to Syria, the sooner they take steps to end this war the more lives can be saved.

AWAIS HAFEEZ,

Lahore, January 6.