Saturday, December 11, 2010

US consul flees Pakistan amid threats

Peshawar-based US Consul General Elizabeth Rood has reportedly left Pakistan after receiving numerous death threats from pro-Taliban militants.

A brief statement issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad has confirmed her sudden departure, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday. 

Media reports say Rood had reportedly received threats to her life and was "feeling unsafe." 

Rood, who had assumed the post in August, had failed to perform her diplomatic activities in an extremely volatile region where militancy is rampant. 

The development comes a hundreds of people have held anti-US protests for a second consecutive day. Protesters have condemned non-UN-sanctioned US drone attacks on Pakistan's tribal areas. 

US drone strikes have killed two thousand people in northwest Pakistan since 2004. 

Pro-Taliban militants launched a series of bomb attacks against the US Consulate in Peshawar over the past months. At least seven people were killed in the early April attack. 

There were several powerful explosions in the area near the consulate and a number of buildings collapsed. 

According to official figures some 10,000 people have been killed in both Pakistani military operations and US drone strikes since former military ruler Pervez Musharraf joined the so-called US-led war on terror following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on US soil. 


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