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Pakistanis Block NATO Transport Route

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Trucks transporting NATO military vehicles destined for the Pakistani port city of Karachi cross into Pakistan near the Afghan border in Chaman on November 25.

Trucks transporting NATO military vehicles destined for the Pakistani port city of Karachi cross into Pakistan near the Afghan border in Chaman on November 25.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Hundreds of protesters are blocking NATO's transport route in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for a fourth day.

The action on November 26 comes despite an order from Islambad to the protesters one day earlier to disperse.

The protesters, who demand an end to U.S. drone strikes, are stopping trucks in Peshawar and demanding drivers prove they have no NATO goods in order to pass.

Imran Khan, who heads the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, called for the action on November 23, a month after Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike.

A union of truckers in Karachi has threatened to cancel all transport to Afghanistan if the blockade in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa continues.

The union said truck drivers are beaten by the protesters, making the journey unsafe.

With reporting by BBC
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