Hundreds of Pakistani Americans gathered in front of the United Nations building in New York, on a freezing and windy after noon of Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, to protest against the US drone attacks in Pakistan. They were also joined by a good number of fellow Americans from several human rights organizations.
This demonstration was organized by PTI USA (New York), International Action Center, Code Pink and Pakistan USA Freedom Forum.
People were holding pictures and placards showing injured and dead children, women and men, condemning illegal drone attacks of the US government in Pakistan. They were fully charged and raising slogans like, ‘ Drones Fly…. Children Die, No More…Drone Attack, No More… Wars, We Want… Peace.
We completely condemn the illegal drone attacks of Obama administration in Pakistan and other countries of the world. No one is allowed to kill innocent people for any reason, said, Sara Flounders, John Parker, Tighe Barry, Debra Sweet, Medea Benja, Dr. Shafiq and Shahid Comrade, of American Human Right organizations. They further added, “American civil society and Pakistanis living in the United State are deeply concerned with the continuous use of drones as a war tool for indiscriminate killing of militants and civilians alike. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates up to 830 civilians, including many women and children, might have been killed by drone attacks in Pakistan, 138 in Yemen and 57 in Somalia. Hundreds more have been injured, many permanently.
PTI USA leaders, Amjad Nawaz, Muzamil Anwar, Mahmood Awan, Yasir Ali, Asif Ch., Mahreen Saeed, Nadia Ahsan, Raheela Khan, Aysha Durrani, Sabih Pirzada, Khayam Shakar, Zaman Afridi, Ayaz Khan, Fayyaz Khan, said in their speeches, President Barack Obama’s controversial drone program violates International Law and sovereignty of Pakistan. These attacks are against the charter and treaties of the United Nation, which are elevating terrorism, political and financial instability, joblessness and poverty in Pakistan. Our innocent citizens including children, women and men are being killed and injured, they are out on the roads of Pakistan to protest against this brutality, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who is the only true and sincere political leader in Pakistan, has taken up their case to save them from killing, injuries, disabilities, hunger, poverty and terrorism. We are here to assure Mr. Khan that we the PTI USA members and a vast majority of Pakistani Americans are with him in this noble and just cause. We will keep protesting against these attacks in different cities of America, until they are stopped. We are here to register the voice of our innocent people and demanded US government to stop drone attacks immediately and provide compensation to the victims.
Muzamil Anwar and other organizers appreciated the efforts and work of Mohammad Akram, Abdul Qayum Ch., Qaiser Ahmed, Dr. Akram, Malik Abdul Rehman, Umar Qureshi, Homairah Salam, Maweza Razaq, Hamza Murtaza, Faisal Irshad, Awais Pirzada, Naoman Shah, Amir Chaudry, and others to make this event successful.
Amjad Nawaz, read the attached resolution, which was fully endorsed and approved by all participants. He extended his thanks and appreciated the presence of community and media members, in such a cold weather.
At the end Salman Ahmad sang national songs with the participants and raised slogans.
By: Amjad Nawaz, MC PTI US, (New York), Cell: 917 416 4357