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US Drone Protesters in Pakistan Block NATO Supply Route

A supporter of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party, headed by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, holds up a poster and shouts slogans during a protest against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Nov. 23, 2013.A supporter of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party, headed by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, holds up a poster and shouts slogans during a protest against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Nov. 23, 2013.
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A supporter of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party, headed by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, holds up a poster and shouts slogans during a protest against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Nov. 23, 2013.
A supporter of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party, headed by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, holds up a poster and shouts slogans during a protest against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Nov. 23, 2013.
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In Pakistan, some 10,000 or more people protesting U.S. drone strikes blocked a NATO supply route into Afghanistan Saturday.

Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan led the demonstration, threatening to block supply lines through his region indefinitely if the drone attacks do not end.

Khan's political party runs the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan's northwest, bordering Afghanistan.

Saturday's protest comes just two days after a suspected U.S. drone strike on an Islamic seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa killed at least six people. The seminary is known to be visited by members of the Afghan Haqqani network -- one of the most feared groups battling foreign troops in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban.

Thursday's strike was the first such attack since November 1, when a suspected U.S. drone strike killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the North Waziristan tribal area.

But Imran Khan said this most recent attack occurred in a settled area, not a tribal area. Pakistan's government denounced the attack, as it regularly does in the case of drone strikes, publicly calling them a sovereignty violation, even though it is known to have supported them in the past. The U.S. considers the strikes an important tool in the fight against terrorists.

The drone issue has become a growing source of tension between the U.S. and Pakistani governments.

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by: shani from: swat
November 26, 2013 12:11 AM
Do we know about realty of input to output no one have the time yet .but UN must pay the debt.(Evry thing is not about money.Ie.rise and fall

by: van from: vn
November 24, 2013 6:05 AM
i am very upset to learn that china set up ADIZ for east sea. why china is so greedy and lying , consideriing other nations nothing. it's time for US AND NATO to clearly express protests against china . US AND NATO must lead the world . don't let china do want they want ..
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by: shoaib from: pakistan
November 25, 2013 8:44 AM
and let the US and NATO do whatever they want?right?

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