Monday 20 November 2017

Pakistani military blocks anti-drone peace convoy

Pakistan's ex-cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, center, addresses his supporters during a peace march in Tank, Pakistan
Pakistan's ex-cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, center, addresses his supporters during a peace march in Tank, Pakistan

Jon Eagers Islamabad

THE Pakistani military has blocked a convoy carrying thousands of Pakistanis and a contingent of US anti-war activists from entering a lawless tribal region along the border with Afghanistan to stage a protest against American drone strikes.

The group was led by cricket star turned politician Imran Khan and his political party..

After an hour of fruitless negotiations, Mr Khan announced that the caravan would backtrack to the city of Tank, about nine miles away, where he was expected to make a speech to the crowd.

Mr Khan has been outspoken against US drone strikes targeting militants -- some of which have allegedly killed civilians -- and has argued that Pakistan's alliance with Washington is the main reason Pakistan is facing a homegrown Taliban insurgency.

Irish Independent

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