Americans in Pakistan to protest drone strikes

Last Updated: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 08:54

Islamabad: A group of American anti-war activists are in Pakistan to join a march into the country`s tribal belt to protest US drone strikes in the rugged Northwest Territory.

Their presence has energised organizers behind the protest but also added to concerns that Islamist militants will target the weekend event.

The two-day march, in reality a long convoy , is to be led by Imran Khan, the former cricket star-turned-politician who has become a top critic of the American drone strikes in Pakistan.

It is to start tomorrow in Islamabad and end in a town in South Waziristan, a tribal region that has been a major focus of drone strikes as well as the scene of a Pakistani army offensive against militants.

Khan, like many Pakistanis, alleges that the drone strikes have killed large numbers of innocent civilians and terrorised the tribes living along the Afghan border.

Islamabad: A group of American anti-war activists are in Pakistan to join a march into the country`s tribal belt to protest US drone strikes in the rugged Northwest Territory.

Their presence has energised organizers behind the protest but also added to concerns that Islamist militants will target the weekend event.

The two-day march, in reality a long convoy , is to be led by Imran Khan, the former cricket star-turned-politician who has become a top critic of the American drone strikes in Pakistan.

It is to start tomorrow in Islamabad and end in a town in South Waziristan, a tribal region that has been a major focus of drone strikes as well as the scene of a Pakistani army offensive against militants.

Khan, like many Pakistanis, alleges that the drone strikes have killed large numbers of innocent civilians and terrorised the tribes living along the Afghan border.

The American activists, around three dozen representatives of the US-based activist group CODEPINK, along with Clive Stafford Smith, founder of the London-based legal advocacy organisation Reprieve, want to march with Khan and publicise the plight of communities affected by the US drones.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 08:54

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