Pakistan’s move to reopen its routes used for the transfer of supplies to the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan has triggered a fresh protest in city of Peshawar where demonstrators have rallied to urge the government to reverse its decision, Press TV reports.
The protesters also staged a sit-in protest on Monday and chanted anti-US and anti-government slogans.
They also strongly denounced the US assassination drone attacks in Pakistan that have killed thousands of innocent civilians.
“By resuming the supplies, the government has bypassed the unanimous resolution of the parliament that demanded the US to stop drone attacks. This decision has offended the whole nation,” Mushtaq Ahmad, one of the protest organizers, told Press TV.
Pakistan blocked the routes following US-led airstrikes on two checkpoints in the country’s northwest in November 2011 which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The reopening of the supply lines came after the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered “deepest regrets for the tragic incident” during a telephone conversation with her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar.
Pakistani protesters say they will stop the supplies by any means, even by force, if the government fails to reverse its decision.
They have also vowed to continue their protests until the termination of the assassination drone strikes.