ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) lodged protests in the National Assembly on Wednesday against drone attacks, and also chanted slogans against load-shedding.
PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafiq demanded the government take steps to stop drone attacks. He also urged the government to provide a time frame to end loadshedding.
He also condemned the torture of journalists in Islamabad and said that strict action should be taken against those involved.
The drones mayhem
Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan said that if drone strikes inside Pakistan do not stop within 30 days, protesters will block all NATO supply routes across Pakistan and consequently held a two day protest in Peshawar.
Several political parties have announced their support. Activists from the Jamaat Islami (JI), the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q), the Pakistan Peoples Party Sherpao (PPP-S) have announced their support, as well as traders and lawyers groups.
Amidst a continuing diplomatic feud between Pakistan and the United States over a covert drone campaign by America’s top spy agency, fresh strikes by pilotless aircrafts continue to attack tribal areas of Pakistan.
Admiral Mullen is reported to have conveyed it to his counterpart that the drone attacks would be stopped only if the Pakistani military launched a full scale operation in North Waziristan, which is where most of the strikes are taking place.
But Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani says that the operation would be launched only if it is in Pakistan’s national interests.
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