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June 5, 2011

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 reported.

“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 Munawar Hassan.

He further added that the US mission in war-wrecked Afghanistan has been a complete failure.

The demonstrators called for an end to non-UN-sanctioned US drone attacks in Pakistan and the US military presence in Afghanistan.

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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 Karachi.

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 countries.

The resolution also called for an independent investigation into the attack, which the parliament called a unilateral action and a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

The resolution said the repetition of such attacks could have dire consequences for peace and security in the region and the world.

This article was posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 3:10 am

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