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US peace group heading to Pakistan to protest drone strikes

Published Sep 29, 2012 07:42am


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NEW YORK: A 40-member American peace delegation is leaving for Pakistan next week to protest drone strikes and promote peaceful relations between US and Pakistan, it was announced on Friday.

The delegation, organised by the activist group CODEPINK, a group of women peace activists, will meet with the families of drone victims, lawyers, academics, Pakistani politicians and US officials.

On October 7, they will march to South Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally    Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to protest US drone strikes that have killed more than 2,500 people, including civilians, CODEPINK said.

“President Obama's counter-terrorism chief John Brennan insists that US drones strikes aren't harming innocent Pakistanis, but we know that's not true, especially since the Obama administration calls all military-age males in the area 'militants,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, who wrote the book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.

The protest comes in the wake of a scathing report by New York University and Stanford lawyers that details how drone warfare affects citizens and humanitarian workers in Pakistan.

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end US funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.


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Mr.T Sep 29, 2012 09:26am
That's really some good news and i think media and pakistani people highlight them maximum as they can. Also they must have some good security to be provided coz those are responsible for catastrophic in pakistan definitely try to harm them too. As they are coming when Film Protest is going on and it's very hard time for any american to visit Pakistan, but i hope media play very responsibly and make this visit worth while...
z Khab Sep 29, 2012 09:38am
No mention of Imran Khan or PTI in this report shows how honest and fair Dawn is.
Mohammed Irfan Sep 29, 2012 08:31am
its a very good and courageous idea by these activists, I really hope they achieve their target and at least show the world the distruction that is being caused to the women and children in these areas. I wish our media would show a little bit of the ground reality in these areas too but we are not even showed the collateral damage that is caused by the drones. It seems either they are too scared to go there or may be that they are simply not allowed to go there by the politicians. What a shame. Any way I wish the USA peace delegation the best and hope that the Pakistani media would be covering the events to the max. May Allah bring PEACE to the whole world and we live to let live.
Ye Z Sep 29, 2012 09:41am
Its not going to change anything but I salute CODEPINK for standing up against Drone warfare.
Cautious Sep 29, 2012 12:02pm
Code pink has zero political clout in the USA -- it almost virtually unknown in a country that has a population of 300 million.
Fida Sayani Sep 29, 2012 09:52am
CODEPINK a group of women peace activist be commended for their high profile action in Pakistan. However my views are that they should instead take Obama administration and former President George Bush to the world court and Pakistani court for the murder of Pakistani citizens.
shami Sep 29, 2012 07:54am
Very good step towards ending drone warfare.
InfoGirl Sep 29, 2012 06:01pm
'Tribune' is following this and reporting in great detail.
Simba Sep 29, 2012 02:34pm
This is the right way forward ...