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Pakistan Party Ends Blockade Of NATO Route


Activists have been blocking the route for the last three months.

Activists have been blocking the route for the last three months.

A Pakistani party which has been blocking a road used by NATO to deliver supplies to Afghanistan has announced it is ending the campaign.

Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf, led by cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, had blocked the route from the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar for the past three months in a protest over U.S. drone strikes.

The party announced it was ending its blockade after a court ruled that no private individual has a right to block or check vehicles on roads.

The statement said the party had also seen a change in the Obama administration’s drone policy, but gave no details.

The U.S. drone program, used in Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere to track and kill terrorists, has been criticized for causing civilian deaths.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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