Pakistan News Service

Friday Apr 25, 2014, Jumada-al-thani 24, 1435 Hijri
Logo Logo
LATEST :
Pakistan News Home -> Top -> News Details

MPs rally outside parliament to protest US drone strikes

06 December, 2013

  Related News  
US, not Pakistan, being isolated, Imran tells Nawaz
Pak-US ties to be reviewed after Nato withdrawal: Sartaj
  Related Articles  
Peace process droned
By Asif Haroon Raja
Drone Story: The Bitter Reality
By Khan Zeb Burki
  Related Speakout  
Pak-American relations
New Geo Political Block of Asia?
  More on this View All
  Related News Poll

ISLAMABAD: More than 100 national and provincial legislators staged a protest on Thursday in the capital against US drone strikes on suspected militants in the country's tribal belt.

"We will continue our protest against drone strikes and...we will not allow NATO supplies to pass through the (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) province," Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan told the gathering outside parliament. Rallies against the drone attacks began in Peshawar on November 24. Apart from PTI legislators, members of parliament from the Jamaat-e-Islami took part in the rally, shouting slogans against the United States and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Imran accused Nawaz's government of double standards on the issue and called for the blocking of supply routes through Pakistan for NATO troops in Afghanistan. "Our rulers have double standards, they say one thing to the Americans and the complete opposite to the nation," he said. "These missile strikes violate international laws. We do not want a war with America but we are protesting against the cruel policies of America."

Activists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, some armed with clubs, have been forcibly searching trucks since late November to try to halt NATO supplies, following Imran's earlier calls to block routes. In response the US military has suspended shipments of equipment out of Afghanistan through the Torkham border crossing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Torkham is a key transit point used by the Americans and NATO to withdraw military hardware from Afghanistan.

US officials said trucks have been told to wait for now in holding areas in Afghanistan, with Washington expecting the route to resume operating soon. Islamabad signed a deal with the US in July last year allowing NATO convoys to transit Pakistan until the end of 2015. But a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said they were unable to intervene in the issue. Imran cautioned the Centre not to attempt to overthrow the PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, warning such a move would result in PML-N government's fall.

End.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
 
 
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Artilce 6 and Musharraf Trail
Blocking Nato supply line
  Quick Vote Show Results
Question: "In view of the current situation do you think Talks with Taliban should take place only within the ambit of Article 4 of Objectives Resolution that defines our Common Purpose i.e. PM/ President down to all Pakistanis to work till we achieve the rights of Democracy, Freedom, Tolerance and Social Justice for all Pakistanis:"
Yes
No
 
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', three civilians in Yemen: security
Senior journalist Hamid Mir hurt in Karachi attack
Suggested Sites