‘ Stop drones’ protest in Pakistan
Before Pakistan’s military stopped them from entering a Waziristan area on the border with Afghanistan, thousands of Pakistani people and a delegation of about 60 anti-war and anti-drone activists from the U.S. and Britain joined a convoy from the northern city of Dera Ismail Khan. The group had to change its goal and go to Tank, the last major city before South Waziristan, where political leader Imran Khan spoke to 10,000 people.
The main goal of the U.S. delegation, which included Joe Lombardo of the United National Anti-war Coalition and a delegation of 30 people from Code Pink, was to protest the U.S. use of drone warfare in solidarity with the Pakistanis. Khan’s party, the PTI, is in opposition to the ruling party and wants to win more seats in the next elections. Its program includes stopping the U.S. from using drones in Pakistan.
Besides Pakistan, Washington has admitted to using drones against targets in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. It is probably using drones in other parts of Africa.