Pakistan rallies to oppose US drone strikes
June 10, 2012
People in Pakistan have once again taken to the streets in protest against intensifying US assassination drone strikes against the country’s troubled tribal regions. The protesters gathered in the port city of Karachi on Sunday.
On Saturday, protesters gathered in the northwestern city of Peshawar to condemn the drone strikes and what they call the US violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Similar protests have been held across the country in the past months.
The rally comes days after United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the non-UN-sanctioned US airstrikes killing Pakistani civilians.
Washington has been using its assassination drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia and claims that it is targeting terrorists, but civilians have been killed in the attacks.
Figures show that the American drone strikes have killed at least 212 people in Pakistan and Yemen in the month of May.
The aerial attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush but have been escalated under President Barack Obama.
Also, the CIA just received approval to continue drone strikes in Pakistan.