UNITED NATIONS — Braving bitter cold weather dozens of Pakistanis and their fellow Americans staged a demonstration in front of the UN building demanding an end to US drone attacks on Pakistan’s territory that result in civilian casualties.
Shouting ‘Drones Fly Children Die’ they carried placards saying that the remotely controlled aircraft violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan and called on President Barack Obama to stop the campaign.
Speakers at the gathering condemned the killings of civilians especially children by drone attacks that they said were against international law. Some of those who addressed the protesters especially asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon to take steps to ban the weapon.
Among those who spoke were Comrade Shahid of Pakistan US Freedom Forum Zaman Afridi and Muzzamil Anwar of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) as well as a representative of CODEPINK an American organization dedicated to seeking peace and justice. Jamaat-e-Islami activists also joined the rally.
The protest was organized by PTI Pakistan USA Freedom Forum and International Action Centre. Representatives of Jamaat-e-Islami also joined the rally.
Meanwhile PTI chief Imran Khan said that drone strikes were contributing to the terrorism in the country, Geo News reported.
Chairing Core Committee meeting of the party, Imran Khan demanded of the government to raise the drone issue in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Khan said the government should implement the decision of All Parties Conference.
PTI chairman asked the party leaders and the workers to prepare themselves for public rally against inflation.
The meeting decided to continue blockade of NATO supplies.