MULTIPLE drone attacks in Shah Alam village of South Waziristan Agency have killed 10 and injured 12. The attacks were made on two alleged training camps of the Taliban on Thursday, and are said to have occurred in territory controlled by the pro-government leader Maulvi Nazir. It seems that the USA, which uses the drones to affix its signature in Pakistan, is using the military operation against the tribal areas to step up its missile attacks, with the inevitable result that it will create fresh enemies for itself, as tribesmen, among whom the tradition of revenge is very much alive, are offended by these attacks. It is not too much to predict that the whole of Shah Alam village will turn against whoever attacked it, even if, as a military official unready to be identified said, those killed were militants, both local and foreign. The village itself was merely a few kilometers west of Wana, the agency's headquarters, so any militant activity had to be known to the local administration. The missiles are supposed to have hit not just one, but two, training camps. This not only implies that the militants had a comfortable live and let live policy with the local administration, but also had substantial support among the locals. Meanwhile, in a related development, the Foreign Office spokesman Basit Khan, at his weekly briefing, alleged that Tehrik Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mahsud, against whose home territories the new phase of the military operation has been launched, and whose home agency was the target of Thursday's missile attacks, was taking money from abroad to foment trouble, and claimed that his claim was backed by evidence. If so, the question inevitably arises why the evidence has not yet been made public. These are very serious allegations, and should be duly substantiated. It is no longer appropriate to call a citizen, such as Mr Mehsud, a traitor on the flimsiest pretext, such as opposing the government of the day.