Protest Against U.S. Missile Attack in Pakistan

March 29, 2011

On March 18, thousands of people throughout Pakistan demonstrated against a U.S. missile attack near Miranshah, the largest town in the North Waziristan region of northwest Pakistan.

On March 17, a U.S. airstrike against the village killed over 40 people. One resident told that, "There were no bodies, only body parts – hands, legs and eyes scattered around. I could not recognize anyone. People carried away the body parts in shopping bags and clothing or with bits of wood, whatever they could find." Thirteen children were among those killed.

Anti-U.S. protests were held in every big city in the country, with largescale demonstrations in Lahore and Islamabad, the capital. Demonstrators not only denounced the U.S. attack and the violation of Pakistan sovereignty, but demanded that their government end its cooperation with U.S. imperialism. The Pakistan government, confronted by these massive protests, issued an official condemnation of the U.S. military strike.

The U.S. military admitted that the village was attacked by pilotless drones controlled by the CIA. White House officials, as well as U.S. senators, both Republicans and Democrats, boasted that the attack was "successful," "justified," and that such attacks would "continue against terrorists in the region."

The U.S. more than doubled drone attacks on Pakistan in 2010 compared to 2009. In 2010, 124 drone attacks killed 1,184 people.

Protesters also condemned the release of Raymond Davis as another violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. Davis, a CIA agent charged with brutally murdering two Pakistanis in broad daylight in Lahore on January 27, was released to U.S. custody on March 16 without being tried in Pakistan for the murders.

Currently, hundreds of U.S. troops are operating inside Pakistan, and some 97,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, fighting largely in the south and east of the country, in areas bordering Pakistan.

These brazen violations of Pakistan's sovereignty and brutal murder of Pakistani citizens again shows U.S. imperialism is an outlaw, aggressor regime prepared to commit any crime including preemptive military strikes against any and every country.