Relations between Pakistan and the United States are seriously strained due to US drone strikes on Pakistani territory. Arab News in Saudi Arabia reported on Dec. 5, 2013, greater than 100 national and provincial
Pakistani legislators staged a protest on Thursday in Islamabad against US drone strikes on suspected militants in the country’s tribal region.
The protesters shouted slogans against the United States and the Pakistan government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Sharif’s government has been accused of double standards with allegations he says one thing to the Americans and the complete opposite to the nation. Some protesters said they do not want a war with America but are protesting against the cruel policies of America. The protesters do not want NATO supplies to be allowed to pass through the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. In July Islamabad signed a deal with the US which allows NATO convoys to transit Pakistan until the end of 2015.
The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Pakistani demonstrators were chanting slogans against the U.S. attacks and have been demanding the CIA-controlled drone campaign be stopped. Pakistanis view the missile strikes as violating the sovereignty of their country and also as being in violation of international laws. Clearly, very dangerous anti-American sentiments are evolving in Pakistan due to these drone strikes. The Pakistani protesters have raised legitimate concerns about these drone attacks which should be taken seriously by the United States.