World Bulletin / News Desk
Pakistani authorities stopped a protest over U.S. drone strikes led by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan from entering the region of South Waziristan on Sunday, prompting allegations the government was ambivalent about U.S. actions.
Pakistan's military and the civilian government publicly complain that the strikes infringe the country's sovereignty and cause civilian casualties. Yet the government has taken little concrete action against the strikes.
Khan, who blames the government for allowing the U.S. to operate in the country, had planned to lead the protest from the capital into South Waziristan, a tribal area frequently hit by the drone strikes.
But authorities blocked their path with shipping containers on the highway. After several delays the army told protesters it was unsafe to be on the road after dark and they turned back.
"The drones are inhumane," Khan said, donning a white turban as he stood on a vehicle in the town of Tank, surrounded by thousands of protesters.
"Are these people not humans? These humans have names. Drone attacks are a violation of human rights," he said.
About 30 Americans traveled to Pakistan to take part in the protest and apologize for the strikes to men and women who had been maimed or lost family members.
"We have to put pressure on the United States government," said Billy Kelly, a 69-year-old Vietnam veteran from New York.
The United States says the strikes have killed top fighter commanders and civilian casualties are minimal.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which tracks drone strikes, said between 1,232-1,366 people had been killed since the strikes began in 2004. Between 474-884 were believed to be civilians, it said.
A recent report, Living Under Drones, said that large swathes of Pakistan's tribal areas were terrorized by the drones.
Civilians were scared to go to school or work in case they were targeted, the report by Stanford and New York Universities said.
"The government is making pro forma protests but Imran has shown the world he will do something," said Shamsad Ahmed Khan, a former foreign secretary.
He noted the government declared a national day of protests over a blasphemous film last month, but it had never called for such a protest over the drone strikes.
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