Imran begins sit-in to protest against US drone attacks

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has claimed that the government was complicit in the US drone campaign in Pakistan’s tribal regions.

By (Afzal Khan)

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Published: Sun 24 Apr 2011, 11:54 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:56 PM

Talking to reporters while launching his two-day ‘dharna’ (sit-in) at Torkham border post overlooking Afghanistan in protest against US drone attacks, Imran ciriticsed the government for its ‘indifference’ to the killing of ‘innocent tribesmen’ in drone attacks. “They have sold out our sovereignty to our enemies,” he added.

Imran said drone bombing breeds extremism when innocent citizens including women and children are killed. The people should know that the corrupt leadership would do lip service and issue empty Press statements against the drone attacks. “The government should take practical steps to ensure security and well-being of its people,” he said.

He said that the United States has killed hundreds of civilians in drone strikes since 2004.

Imran’s car convoy left Islamabad on Saturday morning and was joined on way by large groups coming from various parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

The rally blocked all traffic of NATO tankers travelling to Afghanistan.

Imran warned the US of ‘terrible consequences’, if the drone campaign was not called off.

“The US must realise that Pakhtuns never forgive anyone who attacks them. They will avenge a wrong done to them even after passge of 100 years,” he added.

Through his sit-in at Bagh-e-Naran in Hayatabad, near the Pak-Afghan border, Khan wants to invite attention of the international community to the CIA’s covert war in Pakistan’s tribal regions.

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