Pakistani politician, Imran Khan, is leading a “peace march” into the dangerous FATA region of the country this weekend, in protest against US drone strikes in the area.
The former national cricket captain has echoed other critics who claim the strikes are counterproductive, as they kill civilians and encourage militancy, and called for them to be withdrawn.
“All we want is a change of strategy. A dialogue, a peace process starting, exactly what happened in Northern Ireland. No one wanted to talk to the IRA, but eventually there was a political settlement,” he said.
Dozens of British and American protesters also prepared to join the demonstration which starts in Islamabad on Saturday and finishes on Sunday in South Waziristan.
It is reported the Pakistani Taliban attacked Mr Khan, claiming the march serves only his political motives, and offered no guarantees safe passage for the marchers.