Thousands rally in Pakistan against US drone attacks


ISLAMABAD: Thousands of people rallied in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore Sunday in protest at continued US drone strikes in the country’s troubled northwest.
Around 5,000 protesters chanted anti-US slogans and called for an immediate end to the drone strikes at the rally organised by the Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC), a coalition of around 40 religious and political parties.
The demonstrators chanted slogans calling for the blocking of NATO supplies for Afghanistan which are transported through Pakistan.
DPC chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, in a televised address to the rally, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had come under US pressure and was not expected to play a positive role in getting the drone strikes stopped.
Since 2004 the United States has carried out hundreds of drone missile attacks on suspected militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Hundreds of civilians have died in the attacks, according to various estimates, prompting outrage in Pakistan and abroad.

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