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Pakistan opposition petition to stop US drone strikes

11-25-2013 22:55 BJT

Officials from two leading opposition parties in Pakistan have handed in a petition to the U.S. consulate in Peshawar, protesting against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan.

Provincial ministers from Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf opposition party, and its right wing ally, the Jamaat-e-Islami party, demanded an end to the strikes. They also called for NATO to stop carrying supplies and equipment to neighboring Afghanistan.

The petition is the latest chapter in Pakistan’s tense relationship with the West. On Saturday, thousands of protesters blocked a road in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which is used to ship goods to and from Afghanistan. They said they were ready to block NATO shipments until the U.S. ends its drone attacks.

Covert CIA drone strikes targeting Islamic militants in Pakistan’s northwest have long been a sensitive subject. Pakistani officials regularly criticize the strikes in public as a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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