Thousands demonstrate against U.S. drone strikes   2011-01-21 19:18:36 FeedbackPrintRSS

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of tribesmen marched in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region on Friday against the U.S. drone strikes, which they said killed innocent people, locals told Xinhua on phone.

All markets and educational institutions were closed and transport off the roads in Miranshah, the center of North Waziristan, as a sign of anger against the attacks by the U.S. pilotless aircraft.

American pilotless aircraft regularly fire rockets into the Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan as the U.S. officials say the area is the launching pad for cross-border attacks into Afghanistan.Tribesmen say that innocent people are targeted by the U.S. aircraft.

Tribesmen, students, religious leaders, transporters and shopkeepers joined hands in the protest on Friday. They marched in the city and chanted slogans against the U.S., a tribal journalist said on phone from Miranshah.

Speakers condemned the American strikes and asked the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to take suo motto notice of the American attacks.

A trader leader Malik Abdul Hakim Nasir demanded in his speech that action should be taken against U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and the CIA chief for what they called killings of the innocent people.

A student leader Abul Rauf while addressing the demonstrators said that the U.S. drone strikes have made life of the people miserable as they have always in fear of strikes in houses, mosques and funerals.

Editor: Xiong Tong

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