NEW YORK - A group of about 40 Americans are travelling to Pakistan next week to protest CIA’s drone strikes in Pakistani territory and promote peaceful relations between US and Pakistan, it was`announced on Friday.
The delegation, organised by the activist group CODEPINK, a women anti-war group, will meet with the families of drone victims, lawyers, academics, Pakistani politicians and US officials. On October 7 they will join thousands of Pakistanis—including politician and PTI leader Imran Khan — in a march to South Waziristan in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to protest US drone strikes that have killed more than 2,500 people, including hundreds of civilians.
“President Obama’s counter-terrorism chief John Brennan insists that US drones strikes aren’t harming innocent Pakistanis, but we know that’s not true, especially since the Obama administration calls all military-age males in the area ‘militants’,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, who wrote the book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. The protest comes in the wake of a scathing report by New York University and Stanford lawyers that details how drone warfare affects citizens and humanitarian workers in Pakistan. CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end US funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.