Scores of American peace activists and foreign journalists are set to join a mass rally in Pakistan to protest against US assassination drone attacks. The protestors are planning to march from the Pakistani capital city, Islamabad, to South Waziristan - the tribal region hit hard by the American drones.
The peace activists have described the US assassination drone attacks as clear violation of international law and human rights. The rally is expected to attract tens of thousands of Pakistanis.Pakistani tribal regions are the target of US terror drones, with Washington claiming that its unmanned aircraft are targeting militants. However, casualty figures clearly indicate that Pakistani civilians are the main victims of the assaults. Addressing the 67th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said that US assassination drone strikes are counterproductive and asked Washington to end the strikes on the country’s tribal areas. 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 violation of their national sovereignty. TNP/JR/SS