2,000 Pakistanis rally against drones

Around 2,000 Pakistanis demonstrated outside the country’s parliament Friday to demand an end to US drone strikes, claiming they kill more innocent civilians than Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders. Cricket hero turned politician Imran Khan led the Islamabad rally, attended mostly by members of his Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, which is gearing up to contest its first general election. A few dozen tribesmen from Waziristan, where most of the drone strikes are concentrated, also attended the peaceful demonstration. Some young people in the crowd set fire to a wooden model of a drone, dancing around and shouting “No more drone attacks”, “No to drones, no to USA”, carrying big signs saying “Stop drone attacks in Pakistan”.

AFP

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