Yvonne Ridley, who was captured and imprisoned by the Taliban in Afghanistan weeks after the 9/11 attacks, spoke at the peaceful protest organised by the Bradford Global Justice Movement in Centenary Square outside the town hall.
Miss Ridley, 54, told the crowd of several hundred people drone attacks authorised by the United States in Pakistan were the main reason for an increase in the number of suicide bombings in the country and claimed there was a correlation between the two.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to stop the suicide bombings - stop the drone attacks,” she told the crowd. “By turning up today, you are showing the world you care about the injustices raining down on the people of Pakistan.”
Miss Ridley was one of several people to address the crowd, which was also shown a video message from former international cricketer Imran Khan, of the current Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Movement for Justice. He said it was “very important for people outside of Pakistan to understand the devastation caused by drone attacks.” Sarah Cartin, vice-chairman of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), said drone attacks in Asia or anywhere else would not bring peace.
“Remote control warfare will not bring peace and unity anywhere in the world,” she said.—Online