Pakistanis protest illegal US drone strikes

Pakistanis protest US drone strikes in their country’s tribal region, in Multan on December 6, 2012.

Pakistanis have taken to the streets to protest at US-led assassination drone attacks in their country, Press TV reports.

The protesters in the central city of Multan condemned Washington’s unsanctioned drone strikes that claim the lives of hundreds of Pakistanis every year.

The protest on Tuesday follows US drone attacks in North Waziristan’s tribal areas which left eight people dead and four injured.

On Sunday, at least 16 people were killed in a US drone strike on the tribal area of South Waziristan.

Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants crossing the border with Afghanistan, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington.

Last month, Pakistan’s Jama’at ud-Da’wah political group took legal action against the ongoing drone attacks. The group said despite a resolution passed by the Pakistani parliament in condemnation of the US attacks, the drone strikes continue to claim the lives of civilians.

Over the past months, massive demonstrations have been held across Pakistan to condemn the United States for violating Pakistan’s sovereignty.