Pakistan’s Military Moves Against Anti-Drone Rally

Pakistan’s Military Moves Against Anti-Drone Rally | Troops block convoy from reaching South Waziristan

The Pakistani military has moved against the Pakistani Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) march today in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwah Province, preventing them from entering the South Waziristan Agency as they had initially planned.

A PTI official familiar with the incident says party leader Imran Khan was briefly detained by the military, and that the troops had threatened to fire on any demonstrators who tried to cross into South Waziristan.

Instead, the convoy changed its course, ending up in the city of Tank for their final speeches condemning the ongoing US drone strikes against Pakistan’s tribal areas, promising to continue to speak out against the attacks.

The Pakistani government had initially tried to scare the rally away from South Waziristan by claiming there were going to be terrorist attacks, but when they refused to stop the march the military just claimed they didn’t have legal permission to enter the tribal areas.

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Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.

  • MoT

    Why of course. The military mustn't interfere with all those bribes coming their way.

  • Pakistan we know you have a nuke,
    The thought of it make me puke.

    But then, the imperial U.S. has many more.
    And it will use them, of that you can be sure.

  • Sid

    For the Pakistani Military to say they are strongly against drone-strikes on Pakistani soil, but rather than doing something to stop those drone-strikes they instead stop a peaceful anti-drone rally from taking place. What blatant hypocrisy.

    It's hard to back your words with proper action when you're on the payroll, ain't that so the all patriotic Pakistan army? The "Protectors of Pakistan's Sovereignty" my @$$.