The UK Foreign Office issued directives to order British citizens in Pakistan to stay away from a peace march against assassination drone strikes in the country. The march is being led by the Pakistani politician and former cricketer, Imran Khan.
In a bid to prevent Britons from joining the peace march, a British Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the participants’ safety would be uncertain due to possible militant attacks.
On October 6, dozens of American and British protesters staged a demonstration in Islamabad to condemn the US-led deadly drone strikes as illegal and immoral.
“It is time for the United States to end the mass murder that is taking place in Pakistan’s tribal areas” and end the CIA drone strikes there. “They are killing women and children. This is wrong, and this is a war crime,” Tighe Barr, an American peace activist, told Press TV.
“I condemn the hypocrisy of the government, that tried their best to make this march fail,” Imran Khan told the crowd at a brief stopover on the outskirts of Mianwali in northern Pakistan.
According to data produced by the New America Foundation from various news reports, CIA drone strikes in Pakistan have killed an estimated 1,886 to 3,191 people since 2004.