Thousands of people rallied in cities across Pakistan today to condemn the Obama administration's drone attacks on the country and to press Islamabad to end its "pro-US policies."
Supporters of Jamat-e-Islami, the Islamic Republic's largest Islamist party, took to the streets of Islamabad, Karachi and Multan holding up banners alleging US or Israeli involvement in the September 11 attacks.
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan said that 10 years after the September 11 atrocity the US had "failed to prove al-Qaida's involvement in the tragedy, under whose cover the US and its allies carried out the genocide of over 800,000 innocent Muslims."
Mr Hasan charged that the US-led war in Afghanistan had spilled over into Pakistan "because of the pro-US policies of the self-seeking rulers in this country."
Washington's ongoing air strikes on the country had resulted in the deaths of "thousands of innocent people," he said.