UNITED NATIONS: Braving bitter cold weather, dozens of Pakistanis and their fellow Americans staged a demonstration in front of the U.N. building, demanding an end to US drone attacks on Pakistan’s territory that result in civilian casualties.
Shouting “Drones Fly, Children Die”, they carried placards saying that the remotely controlled aircraft violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan, and called
on President Barack Obama to stop the campaign.
Speakers at the gathering condemned the killings of civilians, especially children, by drone attacks that they said were against international law. Some of those who addressed the protestors especially asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take steps
to ban the weapon.
Among those who spoke were Comrade Shahid of Pakistan-US Freedom Forum, Zaman Afridi and Muzzamil Anwar of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), as well as a representative of CODEPINK, an American organization dedicated to seeking peace and justice.
Jamaat-i-Islami activists also joined the rally.
The protest was organized by PTI, Pakistan-USA Freedom Forum and International Action Centre. Representatives of Jamaat-i-islami also joined the rally.