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Khan kicks off sit-in against US drone attacksPESHAWAR: The Tehreek-e-Insaf Saturday kicked off its two-day sit-in over US drone attack in tribal area

PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-e-Insaf Saturday kicked off its two-day sit-in over US drone attacks in tribal areas, which killed more than 900 civilians in 2010.

Supporters of cricket hero-turned-politician Imran Khan’s party gathered in Attock city today to start the campaign.

Few hundred party men, afterwards, staged protest demonstration on the Peshawar ring road for the planned sit-in aiming to block the route used by supply trucks.

“The US bombardment on innocent men and women and their casualties in deadly strikes are attacks on our sovereignty”, Khan said while addressing workers in Attock, and in Peshawar.

He said “Though this protest we will convey the message to the ruling clique that this sovereign nation in united against US attacks and corrupt politicians of Pakistan”.

“We will set free this country from US slavery and its stooges,” Khan vowed.

Party leaders said they expected more than 20,000 people to gather locally for the protest, and many more to arrive in the caravan from Punjab accompanying Khan.

Banners on Peshawar’s main road bore the message “Stop drone attacks on innocent tribal people,” and images of crossed-out drone aircraft, while posters of Khan and his party dotted the city.

The government has suspended delivery of supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan via land border for three days as campaigners began sit-in on the supply route.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said in its annual report that the US drones strikes were responsible for 957 extra-legal killings in 2010.

The border region has been targeted by at least 20 US drone attacks this year. And since August 2008, there have been over 250 drone attacks that have reportedly killed more than 1,500 people in north and south Waziristan.

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