PESHAWAR, Pakistan Chanting “Death to America,” angry anti-U.S. Islamic groups staged nationwide protests Sunday against a purported CIA airstrike that Pakistan says killed innocent civilians instead of the apparent target – top al-Qaida lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahri.
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf meanwhile, warned his countrymen not to harbor militants, saying it would only increase violence within Pakistan’s borders.
“If we kept sheltering foreign terrorists here … our future will not be good,” Musharraf said in speech broadcast Sunday by state-run Pakistan Television. “Remember what I say.”
Musharraf, who spoke Saturday to a gathering in the northwestern town of Sawabi, did not directly mention Friday’s attack that killed at least 17 people, including women and children, in a village of Damadola, just a few kilometers (miles) from the Afghanistan border.
But his government has protested to the U.S. Embassy amid growing frustration over a recent series of suspected U.S. attacks along the frontier, apparently aimed at Islamic militants.
On Sunday, about 10,000 people rallied in Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city, many chanting “Death to American Aggression” and “Stop bombing against innocent people.”…