Organisers claim about 5,000 people could take part in a peaceful protest being held in Centenary Square, Bradford, today over drone attacks in Pakistan.

The demonstration, being held by the Bradford Global Justice Movement, will take place near City Hall from 5.30pm.

The main speakers are expected to be Bradford West Respect MP George Galloway , journalist and peace activist Yvonne Ridley and Imran Khan, of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf. They will highlight civilian killings in the country due to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Organiser Shah Sher, said: “There is growing alarm against US drone attacks in civilian areas and British intelligence assistance with this lethal force. Such transfer of military force is unacceptable considering the moral justification for military intervention – to save civilian lives overseas.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the planned demonstration and will be providing a visible policing presence.”