Among the ongoing crescendo of outrage against the drone attacks, one can start to hear US lawmakers making their voice heard as well. The demand by Dennis Kucinich who has now called for the Congressional approval for the strikes would send shockwaves in the US government that has kept the drone programme strictly wrapped up in secrecy. Obviously, this would oblige the Obama administration to share the details of the operations with the Congressmen, who would object to the way targets are singled out besides more importantly the death of innocent men, women and children. Mr Kucinich protested that so far thousands have been killed; a report by Amnesty International was more precise in putting the number of non-combatants to 8,000. The response from our government has been muted, at best unclear what should be done to stop them, though it keeps talking publicly that it is against the warfare. Recently, PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif told American Ambassador Richard Olson that the attacks should be stopped.

Now that the world and US lawmakers themselves are arguing against the use of drone for the excessively large number of innocent people they kill for only two percent of militants, it is time for Pakistan to also make its opposition to them more tangible.