According to media news, an Iraqi court has issued a death sentence to Sunni Iraqi Vice President Tariq Hashemi and his aides. Tariq Hashemi is in Turkey these days and has said the court’s decision was politically motivated.
Now, the gulf is widening between the Malaki ruling party and the Sunni national alliance, which is harming the country’s interests. The recent decision by the Iraqi court will further fuel sectarian and ethnic violence in Iraq. After the departure of international forces, Iraq is facing worse sectarian and ethnic violence.
Just two days ago, 70 people lost their lives in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk after massive car-bomb attacks. Poorly equipped and untrained Iraqi forces are not able to control increasing sectarian violence. Due to the Malaki government’s failure, car bombings and the killing of innocent people have become a daily routine in the country. Populous areas have become divided along ethnic and sectarian lines.
Even the high-security Green Zone, government offices and police recruiting centers are not safe from terrorist attacks. After the US invasion and the subsequent destruction of infrastructure in the big cities, the world powers have failed to fulfill their promises regarding the reconstruction of Iraq.
Despite being so rich in oil, due to lack of interest and bad economic policies, half the country’s population is still living below the poverty line, while the rate of unemployment is still high and ordinary people find it hard to provide daily necessities for their families.
Khawaja Umer Farooq