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Imran Khan’s supporters search for NATO supply trucks

The protest came a day after Imran called on his supporters to stop NATO supplies.

Written by PTI | Peshawar |
November 24, 2013 7:36:59 pm

Supporters of Imran Khan’s party in northwest Pakistan Sunday roughed up drivers and forcibly searched trucks carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan as they continued their protest for a second day against US drone strikes.

Activists from Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf,which ruled Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province,blocked NATO supply lines in Peshawar,Dera Ismail Khan,Attock,Khairabad and Swabi.

The protest came a day after the cricketer-turned- politician called on his supporters to stop NATO supplies at entry and exit points of Khyber-Pakthunkhwa to protest US drone attacks.

“Our protest will continue until the US ends missile attacks,” he said. A few protesters stopped trucks and hauled drivers from their cabs to check their paperwork,believing they were carrying NATO supplies that resulted in fights.

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The truck drivers,however,claimed that they were transporting clothes as a part of the Afghan transit trade.

The Tehrik-e-Insaf had said,trucks will be stopped at various locations in the province but the main location is the Ring Road,the main supply route for NATO container trucks.

Addressing a rally yesterday,Khan said: “Before the elections,we promised to bring peace to the country. But without drones being stopped,peace cannot be attained.”

After the November 1 drone strike in which Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed,the Tehrik-e-Insaf along with its religious allies had decided to block the NATO supply route from Peshawar to Torkham.

In a rare drone attack outside Pakistan’s tribal areas on Thursday,at least six persons were killed in Hangu. Khan said it was their “legal right to halt NATO supplies

now that a US drone has hit the settled district of Hangu”.

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government considers US drone strikes as attacks on Pakistan’s sovereignty and wants the federal government to take concrete action on the issue.

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