Jul 8, 2012 2:05 PM by Matt Stafford

Hard-line Islamists stream to Pakistan's capital to protest NATO supply line

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Hard-line Islamists in Pakistan are streaming toward the capital to demonstrate their anger over the governments' decision to reopen supply routes to the U.S. and NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan.

Islamabad closed the route into Afghanistan in November in retaliation for American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops. It agreed to reopen the route last week after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized for the deaths.

Thousands of protesters are headed toward the capital in a massive convoy of vehicles. One of the organizers known as the father of the Taliban says by taking to the streets, the Pakistani people are showing their "hatred for America."

A demonstration is planned in front of the parliament building tomorrow. The government says members of banned militant groups won't be allowed to enter Islamabad for the protest, but all others will be welcomed.


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