June 2011 deadliest month for drone strikes in Pakistan

Abdullah Khan, Director of Conflict Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, reveals that June was the deadliest month for drone strikes so far in Pakistan. The CIA is reported to have killed as many as 118 people in 12 drones attacks in South Waziristan. The figures come from a monthly study compiled by the the Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC), and Islamabad-based independent research organization. During the month, US drones fired 35 missiles, destroying six houses, a school, and seven vehicles.

As usual, civilian deaths were overlooked by the security officials who released death tolls to the media. However, a public demonstration on June 16 revealed that all those killed in a drone attack on June 15 were innocent civilians. The enraged tribesmen blocked Bannu-Miramshah Road to protest the killings of the innocent people in North Waziristan Agency. Hundreds of tribesmen placed the coffins of the four victims killed in US drone attack, on the main road. The protesting tribesmen were also chanting slogans against the US and Pakistan government.

On June 5 and 6 a two-day sit-in was staged in Karachi by Jamat-e-Islami Party to protest against drone attacks with a warning that supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan would be blocked if drone attacks continued. Thousands of people carrying banners inscribed with anti-US slogans.

On June 7 lawyers in Masehra, a northern city of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province, took to the streets against the US drone attacks in the country, demanding immediate halt to the drone attacks.

On June 13, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf supporters blocked NATO supplies by staging a two-hour protest sit-in in front of the Karachi Port Trust Gate No 17.


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