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Pakistanis condemn US strikes
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 01:48:31 GMT
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Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf participate in a rally against the US drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas, Sunday, April 24.
Thousands of Pakistani people have held sit-ins in Peshawar to condemn the unauthorized US drone attacks that have claimed the lives of many civilians in the country.

The sit-ins, held and led by Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf Party, included people from different religious and political groups, the general public and tribal people from Waziristan, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday.

“We demand the end of drone attacks because they are killing our innocent men, women and children. The US's claim that these attacks kill militants is false,” a North Waziristan tribal leader Malik Gulabat Khan said.

The protesters blocked the route of trucks which were carrying supplies to the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan for a second day.

Meanwhile, chief of Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan warned that they will hold massive rallies against Pakistan's government if it does not take a firm stance against the drone strikes.

Washington has claimed the attacks target the pro-Taliban militants but more than 2,000 civilians have lost their lives since the drone attacks started in 2008.

Though Pakistani authorities have frequently slammed the drone attacks and considered them as a violation of the country's sovereignty, US officials have said Washington has no plans to stop the strikes.

The strikes have further fueled the anti-US sentiment already on the rise in the region.

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