K-P lawmakers march to US consulate in Peshawar to protest drone strikes

Published: November 25, 2013

Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) shout slogans as they arrive to attend a protest rally in Peshawar on November 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Senior minister Sirajul Haq (2nd L) hands over a memorandum to US consular official Christopher Allan Bacon (R) outside the consulate in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) shout slogans as they arrive to attend a protest rally in Peshawar on November 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: A group of lawmakers from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) assembly marched towards the US consulate in Peshawar to submit a memorandum against drone strikes, Express News reported on Monday.

K-P Minister for Finance Sirajul Haq led the group of parliamentarians, while Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak could not accompany the protesters.

The parliamentarians walked all the way to the consulate to submit the four-page memorandum.

The K-P coalition partners plan to do the same in Islamabad. Advisor to CM Shiraz Paracha had said that the provincial government will go all out to lodge a peaceful protest on international and national levels.

PTI supporters have also been holding sit-ins in parts of K-P in their attempt to block Nato supply routes.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Saad
    Nov 25, 2013 - 12:58PM

    No need of handing useless Memorandums. America’s diplomatic staff should be exiled.

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  • abc
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:06PM

    The picture sums up PTI perfectly.

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  • Rammal
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Leave American Consulate alone for God’s sake.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:48PM

    Judging by that picture, one can clearly deduce that TTP has now taken up residence in the settled areas of KPK. May Allah have mercy on KPK!

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  • intellectual.pseudo
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:48PM

    @abc: your twisted intelligence fails to identify that local supporters will look like how local people dress up. You do not expect Karachi waley to be there to protest in KP…

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  • MAD
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:49PM

    @Rammal: Why?

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  • MAD
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:50PM

    @abc: Aaah judging on basis of hats and beards. Well that is exactly what most residents of the area look like (particularly rural parts) and the hats are there not necessarily on basis of religion but cause its quite cold at the moment.

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  • Ahmed
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:50PM

    good decision by PTI KPK Govt because a memorandum against drone strikes will send a clear message that KPK is against drones.

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  • Kanwal
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:56PM

    They don’t need to show work at all. Just beat the anti American drum so loud that no one could raise any question about the unattained targets. Bravo.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:59PM

    @Saad:

    The first step would be for Peshawar Police to withdraw its security detail from US Consulate and its staff. Does KPK Government have the guts to that?

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  • Anon
    Nov 25, 2013 - 2:16PM

    Yes.. leave it alone… how will Rammal get his visa?

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  • Anon
    Nov 25, 2013 - 2:16PM

    @abc: uh huh? and what would that be?

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  • hassan
    Nov 25, 2013 - 2:35PM

    One untoward incident, and there is going to be UN Sanctions immediately ….

    please someone stop this madness

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  • Gulraiz Khan
    Nov 25, 2013 - 3:43PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi: Good to see some friends are good at judging from pictures :) …but friends how about if you go for a search of “results of drones in Pakistan” you might be better judges to see and evaluate that the pictures of the bashed children must be of TTP’s heirs aswell. Never knew before that by looking at picture one can tell whether the ripped apart person is Muslim of Pakistan or Afghnistan!Recommend

  • Gulraiz Khan
    Nov 25, 2013 - 3:45PM

    @Rammal: Ooopss! ur visa must be in process..lol..sorry but you need to give heap loads of glorifying cheap words for the country PAKISTAN only then you will be able to have it on FAST TRACK! …Recommend

  • Kohestani
    Nov 25, 2013 - 3:49PM

    I have no trust in my own army and politicians. I hardly believe they can save this country from the terrorism of Talibans, therefore I am with USA and hope that their drones will keep taking out the terrorists one by one…kill the harbingers of jahalat and destruction wherever you find them….Recommend

  • Feroz
    Nov 25, 2013 - 3:57PM

    When is the PTI Government going to get down to the job of running the State and providing security to residents there, rather than diverting the focus away from their non performance. Pandering to militants and terrorists is unlikely to bring Peace, only more destruction. Recommend

  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 25, 2013 - 4:03PM

    Please can someone tell Adnan Siddiqui, its KPK, not any other province, where FIR can be registered on the order of CM/MNA/MPA and anyone can be named in it.
    It KPK Police who lodged the FIR, not under the instruction of KPK Govt.Recommend

  • Butt
    Nov 25, 2013 - 4:29PM

    After reading the headline, I was expecting that they will also hand back US$500 million made by USAID. How wrong was I.Recommend

  • Butt
    Nov 25, 2013 - 4:32PM

    After reading the headline, I was expecting that they will also hand back US$500 million made by USAID. How wrong was I.Recommend

  • Hari Om
    Nov 25, 2013 - 4:41PM

    It would be much more effective if the legislators also marched on GHQ Rawalpindi to determine why there is not a single recorded attempt by the Military of Pakistan to thwart any one of the some 340 plus US drone strikes spread over almost a decade, despite loudly voiced disapproval from three separate administrations?

    All this despite Pakistan being equipped with the requisite military hardware to thwart drone attacks such as the Spada 2000 SAM’s, RBS-70 Bolide MANPADS, ZDK-03 AWAC’s, Saab 2000 Erieye AEW’s, AN/TPS-77 Transportable radars, F-16 fighters, AAMRAAM and Sidewinder AAM’s.

    All this also given that Pakistan is fully within its rights to shoot down any drone intruding into its territory.

    Why then this lack of any recorded attempt to thwart US drone strikes in Pakistan’s territory by the Military? Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 25, 2013 - 4:46PM

    @Zulfiqar:

    Dare I say that the dysfunctional CM of KPK who is more inclined towards making a disappearing act more often than not, should fire his Police Chief for filing such a disgraceful and laughable FIR which basically absolved Uncle Sam from the attack in Hangu.Recommend

  • ahmer
    Nov 25, 2013 - 5:12PM

    @Gulraiz Khan:
    Why dont you search for results of terror attacks in pakistan by TTP. Maybe your hypocricy will recieve a jolt..Recommend

  • Nazia
    Nov 25, 2013 - 5:27PM

    Imran Khan’s new agenda – keep the US-Aid money and keep honking on the drones. Speak about morality issues. Now there is no difference between Imran Khan and Mr.Ten Percent.

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  • acz
    Nov 25, 2013 - 6:20PM

    @abc

    I’m sorry but i have to say that they care more abt pakistan than you internet trollers do. Because they are the real ones who are suffering. Why won’t anyone raise there voice against it?

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  • noman1234
    Nov 25, 2013 - 7:16PM

    @Nazia:
    What kind of nonsense are u spewing. Do u have any iota of sense. Mr ten percent sucks money from the govt and people of Pak. IK has not taken a single cent. The US money coming to KPK is continuation of Projects by previous Govt. He said himself that if US stops the funding he will get new it from overseas Pakistani to fund any Project. He doesn’t care about money he wants peace in Pakistan. Whether you like him or not one thing everyone knows he has no corruption charges after entering Politics.

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  • Pakistani patriot in USA
    Nov 25, 2013 - 7:22PM

    If a country cannot and will not control the militants within its borders, and those miltants are proven to be behind international terrorism, then international forces will take action against those terrorists. The fact is that 90% of terrorists hide in Pakistan, 90% of 911 planners were caught from Pakistan, and 90% of international terrorists were found to have gotten training in Pakistan. It is Pakistan’s duty to control, catch, and punish each and every one of those terrorists. Since it cannot, has not been able to do so, particularly in the tribal areas, the task has been taken over by NATO and America. The drones would NEVER have been an issue had Pakistan itelf taken action to eliminate these terror cells within its own borders just as any sovereign country is expected to do. Imran Khan’s rhetoric is shameful and misleading the nation. He should instead be asking Pak Military to take action against those terrorists so America does not have to.

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  • Salman
    Nov 25, 2013 - 7:43PM

    Imran Khan, is the only real Leader.

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  • salman
    Nov 25, 2013 - 8:03PM

    @Nazia:
    you people really deserve Mr.10% because you can not differentiate good or bad

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  • Khan
    Nov 25, 2013 - 8:11PM

    Just close the consulate there and keep an eye on any American Terrorist that is there for humanitarian work for Afghan Refugees. Let The American Terrorist be sent over border to Kabul along with the people they intend to serve in KP.

    As a resident of Peshawar, I am completely against US consulate presence in prime location of Peshawar which blocks commute for locals, roads for their security and creates hazard for ordinary Peshawarite in every shape or form i.e. breed terrorist activity, create traffic problems and destroyed peaceful environment of Peshawar.

    I request that US Consulate be removed from Peshawar ASAP and anyone who has to deal with US immigration issues can travel to ISLAMABAD which is just 2 hrs away.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 25, 2013 - 10:16PM

    @Khan:
    AND just where do you suggest the government send the TTP TERRORISTS (our brothers according to IK)????

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  • rkfrom ny
    Nov 25, 2013 - 10:41PM

    ..and US is shaking…!! in laughter..!!!

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  • csmann
    Nov 26, 2013 - 1:16AM

    PTI not only acts TTP now,they look like them too. No wonder they call TTP their brothers.

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  • khan
    Nov 26, 2013 - 11:20AM

    This is against basic principles of Islam.We are supposed to protect the lives of even if enemy.@Adnan Siddiqi:

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 26, 2013 - 12:13PM

    @khan:

    Is the enemy also following the same principle?

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