Thousands of Pakistanis have staged an anti-US demonstration in the port city
of Karachi, calling for an end to US drone attacks, and Washington's
interference in the region.
Pakistan's largest religious party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, organized the sit-in
demonstration in the country's largest city, Karachi, a Press TV correspondent
“The main message to the US is that they should leave this territory, they have
invaded this region for the past eleven years. I can explicitly say, the misery
of the people has increased,” said a representative of Jamaat-e-Islami, Syed
He further added that the US mission in war-wrecked Afghanistan has been a
The demonstrators called for an end to non-UN-sanctioned US drone attacks in
Pakistan and the US military presence in Afghanistan.
Leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami say that the party's primary objective is the
unmasking of the United States' real intentions in the region.
“America has taken control of the Pakistani government. We have gathered to show
the US and Pakistani governments that we will not control and tolerate US
supremacy,” said Mohammad Hussein Mehnati, the Jamaat-e-Islami leader in
On Friday, a US missile attack targeting a militant compound in the South
Waziristan tribal region killed at least eight people.
The strike was the ninth to be reported in Pakistan's tribal areas, which are
located close to the Afghan border, since a US attack in the city of Abbottabad
that allegedly killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in early May.
The Pakistani parliament recently passed a resolution condemning the US attack
in Abbottabad and demanding a review of ties with the US and other Western
The resolution also called for an independent investigation into the attack,
which the parliament called a unilateral action and a violation of Pakistan's
The resolution said the repetition of such attacks could have dire consequences
for peace and security in the region and the world.