Saturday, June 4, 2011

1000s attend anti-US demo in Karachi

Thousands of supporters of Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami party have staged a sit-in demonstration in Karachi to protest against US meddling in the region. (file photo)

Source: Press TV

Thousands of Pakistanis have staged an anti-US demonstration in Karachi to call for an end to US meddling in the region.

The Jamaat-e-Islami party organized the sit-in demonstration in the country's largest city on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

The demonstrators called for an end to drone attacks in Pakistan, the US military presence in Afghanistan, and US influence in Pakistan.

"America is dominating and whatever they want gets done. Now the country is going to launch an operation (in) North Waziristan. This sit-in protest is against the US occupation and influence and we want to get free of US slavery," said Mohammad Hussain Mehnati, who is the Jamaat-e-Islami leader in Karachi.

On Friday, a US missile attack targeting a militant compound in the South Waziristan tribal region killed at least eight people.

The strike was the ninth to be reported in Pakistan's tribal areas, which are located close to the Afghan border, since the US attack in the city of Abbottabad that allegedly killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2 (May 1 Washington time).

The Pakistani parliament recently passed a resolution condemning the US attack in Abbottabad and demanding a review of ties with the US and other Western countries.

The resolution also called for an independent investigation into the attack, which the parliament called a unilateral action and a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.

The resolution said that if they are not halted, such attacks could have dire consequences for peace and security in the region and the world.

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