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Pakistanis protest US 'terror drones'
Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:41AM
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Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, protesting against US assassination drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas, Press TV reports.


The anti-US protests were instigated on Sunday when tribesmen gathered in Peshawar with the intent to express strong opposition to the killing of innocent people by US drone strikes in the country's tribal areas.

“The so-called war on terror has made us miserable. US drone attacks are sheer violation of our country's sovereignty,” tribal leader Zar Noor Afridi told Press TV on Sunday.

“We demand an immediate end to drone attacks on our tribal areas,” he added.

The protesters also voiced their anger at the violation of their country's sovereignty by US assassination drone strikes and Washington's pressure on Pakistan to expand its military operations in the country's northwestern tribal regions near Afghan border.

Despite repeated condemnation from the highest levels of the Pakistani government, there has been no let up in US drone attacks on the restive tribal regions of Pakistan.

Since 2008, hundreds of US drone attacks have led to the loss of more than two thousand Pakistani people.

Civilians, mostly innocent women and children, have been the primary victims of US assassination drone attacks, carried out regularly against Pakistan's North and South Waziristan tribal regions under the pretext of targeting anti-American and pro-Taliban militants.

The drone attacks, initiated by former US President George W. Bush, have dramatically escalated under President Barack Obama, whose election victory was prominently attributed to his 'change' slogan and his fierce opposition to Bush's militaristic and war policies.

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