Imran Khan leads protest against U.S. drone strikes

Former Pakistani cricketer and opposition politician Imran Khan led a protest against the U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal territory bordering Afghanistan on Saturday.

The former cricketer along with his party supporters and several Western anti-war activists is likely to lead a procession into the South Waziristan tribal district nearly 325 kilometres from Islamabad.

Talking to media, Imran Khan said, “A huge welcome is awaiting us”

Mr. Khan added, “The government is making efforts to sabotage the march because it fears the support we will get from the people.”

He said officials had warned us that we will not be allowed to South Waziristan. He said, “We are not going for a fight, it’s a peace march.”

However, Imran Khan urged the central government to allow them to enter South Waziristan and support the rally. He also described his rally as an opportunity to let the world know of the collateral damage by the U.S. drone war.

Around 200 local as well as international journalists were traveling with Imran Khan and his rally.

Further, Imran Khan and his rally plans to camp in the north-western town of Dera Ismail Khan before attempting to cross into the Waziristan region on Sunday morning.

Imran Khan ruled out any threats of suicide bombings and Taliban attacks and said, “The local tribes had assured support for the peace march.”

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said, “Imran Khan’s so-called peace march is not in sympathy of drone-hit Muslims, instead it is a try by him to increase his political stature.”

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