News ID: 342021
Publish Date: 02 April 2012 - 06:07
Navideshahed: Thousands of Pakistanis have gathered on the Afghan border, calling for an end to their country’s alliance with Washington in the so-called war on terror, Press TV reports.

The Sunday protest rally came amid talks in the Pakistani parliament to restore supply routes for the US-led forces in Afghanistan.

Tribal people in their thousands staged a demonstration in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal agency bordering Afghanistan to protest a possible reopening of the supply routes for US-led forces in Afghanistan.

“By opening the NATO supplies, Pakistan will be given a negative signal to the fighting forces in Afghanistan that we are still in American side in this war,”? Liaqat Baloch from Jamat-e-Islami party told Press TV.

“We will organize massive protests across the country to block supply routes to US-led NATO forces,”? he added.

The protesters also called for an immediate end to the US assassination drone strikes in the country’s tribal belt that have killed many Pakistanis.

They demanded the government to quit the US-led coalition and adopt an independent foreign policy.

The protest, organized by the country’s largest politico-religious party, Jamat-e-Islami, came as Pakistan’s parliament is reviewing the country’s ties with the US over the US airstrikes in November that left at least 24 Pakistani troops dead near the Afghan border.

In response to the attacks, Pakistan blocked its supply routes to the US-led forces in Afghanistan.

The protesters on Sunday also called on the government to end the ongoing military operations in the country’s tribal regions, arguing that the operations, carried out at the behest of the US, jeopardize the lives of innocent tribal people.

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The Sunday protest rally came amid talks in the Pakistani parliament to restore supply routes for the US-led forces in Afghanistan. Tribal people in their thousands staged a demonstration in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal agency bordering Afghanistan to protest a possible reopening of the supply routes for US-led forces in Afghanistan. “By opening the NATO supplies, Pakistan will be given a negative signal to the fighting forces in Afghanistan that we are still in American side in this war,”? Liaqat Baloch from Jamat-e-Islami party told Press TV. “We will organize massive protests across the country to block supply routes to US-led NATO forces,”? he added. The protesters also called for an immediate end to the US assassination drone strikes in the country’s tribal belt that have killed many Pakistanis. They demanded the government to quit the US-led coalition and adopt an independent foreign policy. The protest, organized by the country’s largest politico-religious party, Jamat-e-Islami, came as Pakistan’s parliament is reviewing the country’s ties with the US over the US airstrikes in November that left at least 24 Pakistani troops dead near the Afghan border. In response to the attacks, Pakistan blocked its supply routes to the US-led forces in Afghanistan. The protesters on Sunday also called on the government to end the ongoing military operations in the country’s tribal regions, arguing that the operations, carried out at the behest of the US, jeopardize the lives of innocent tribal people. The End
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