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Persecution of Pashtuns by Pakistan army

“Supporters of the Pashtoon Tahafuz Movement (PTM) are being harassed by the Pakistani Army,” said the movement’s leader Manzoor Pashteen. He also added that, “this ill-treatment has disappointed me too and I have decided to not to go for any negotiations with Islamabad.

“The attack on the supporters of the movement in Wanna was carried out by Pakistan Army military-backed Taliban,” Pashteen said Wednesday. The preparations were done under the guidance of ISI in Local Army units.

Pakistan government has rejected the demands of Pashtoon Tahafuz Movement, holding them under pressures.

“Only in the past three-day attacks, six of our supporters have been killed and more than 50 injured in the Wanna and Angoor Ada areas,” said Pashteen.

“In Islamabad, police detained 37 of our supporters on Monday. They are deprived of access to a lawyer and are not referred to tribunal, they were sent to jail for 14 days. Likewise, 46 were injured and five killed in attacks against our supporters in Wanna and Angoor Ada.”

Another leader of the movement, Ali Wazir escaped an attempt on his life and Pashteen said that “He is safe for now in Wanna, but a family member of Ali Wazir has been injured and in critical condition.”

He said that “Pakistan Army gives different titles to the Taliban that it supports. It sometimes calls them security committee or Peace Committee and some other times Good Taliban, while most of the murders, bombings, and violence are carried out by the same group against Pashtoons.”

From Top left: Commander Malang, Tahsin Ullah, Tiger and Adnan. All are proclaimed Taliban terrorists.

He rejected possibilities of negotiations with Pakistan government while the government kills, injuries and arrests his supporters.

Pashtoons should not go missing, should not be killed by field courts and their areas should not be used as terror bases for Taliban. These are the Pashtoons’ demands to the Pakistan government and Manzoor called them as basic rights of an ordinary life.

He denounced allegations by Pakistan Army spokesman i.e. DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor that Pashtoon movement was supported and used by foreign countries. He said in a video interview that its Pakistan Army which gets funds from China and that his moment is funded by local people.

07 Jun 2018/Thursday                                                                           Written by Mohd Tahir Shafi

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