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The Northerner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 01:35 PM
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Pakistani politician demands drone strikes end or more protests will halt NATO supplies
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan The leader of a Pakistani political party protesting U.S. drone strikes demanded on Sunday that the attacks end in one month or he would launch more demonstrations aimed at cutting off a key supply route for Western troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Imran Khan made the demand at the end of a two-day protest that clogged up a major road used by trucks to ferry supplies to U.S. and NATO troops across the border. Only a few thousand people came out, but the demonstration drew widespread attention at a time of increased U.S.-Pakistan tension and underscored the vulnerability of the supply line.

Authorities halted the NATO supply shipments on Saturday as the protest began on the outskirts of Peshawar, around 35 miles (57 kilometres) from the Afghan border. By late Sunday, officials said the road was re-open to all traffic.

"We will block NATO supplies from Karachi to Khyber everywhere if drone attacks are not stopped in one month," said Khan, a one-time Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician, to the crowd of protesters.

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