Sit-ins staged along NATO supply roads in Pakistan

Nov. 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Members of a Pakistani political party said they staged sit-in protests Sunday along roads used to haul NATO supplies into Afghanistan.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said it called the protests in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region in response to a reported U.S. drone strike on Nov. 1 that killed militant leader Hakimullah Mehsud, which they said had also torpedoed planned peace talks.

"Before the elections, we promised to bring peace to the country, but without drones being stopped, peace cannot be attained," PTI Chairman Imran Khan said Saturday at a rally in Dera Ismail Khan.

Dera Ismail Khan was one of the sites of Sunday's sit-ins. The Express Tribune said some blockaded truckers insisted they were transporting civilian goods and not military supplies, prompting at least one fistfight between drivers and PTI supporters.

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