A group of American women are planning to hold a rally in Pakistan’s tribal region of South Waziristan to protest against US assassination drone attacks in the country. The women from a US anti-war group dubbed Code Pink are due to stage their march this weekend. "We are going because we are challenging the Pakistani government to allow us to go to a place that has been off limits but needs to be seen. And if they try to stop us, it will be clear they do not want the world to see what is going on there," Medea Benjamin, the veteran activist leading the Code Pink delegation said. The rally has been organized by Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan, who leads Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Movement for Justice.
The activists who gathered in Islamabad this week are also considering a hunger strike outside the US Embassy in the Pakistani capital as part of their anti-drone campaign.On Wednesday, the women met with victims of drone strikes from North Waziristan, which is a hotbed of Taliban militants. Pakistani tribal regions are the target of US terror drones, with Washington claiming that its unmanned aircraft are targeting militants. However, casualty figures indicate that Pakistani civilians are the main victims of the assaults. The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, in the strikes has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington, prompting Pakistani officials to send warnings to the US administration over the assaults. Despite Pakistani government’s repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country. The aerial attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush, but have escalated under President Barack Obama. The drone strikes have triggered massive anti-US demonstrations across Pakistan to condemn the United States’ violations of their national sovereignty. YH/MA