Tolo News: A jirga gathering of Pashtuns in Bannu city in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan that was held from 11 to 14 of March, called for Loya Jirga and general elections in Afghanistan to elect a representative government. At this four-day long jirga, participants discussed issues impacting Pashtuns and also the situation in Afghanistan.
Nafees Takar VOA News August 5, 2021 When thousands gathered in a former Taliban stronghold in Pakistan’s South Waziristan region to denounce the militants’ actions in Afghanistan, the mass rally attracted little attention among Pakistani news networks. Journalists and rights associations say the lack of coverage of last month’s rally is a result of a
Tolo News: Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader Manzoor Pashteen at a gathering in South Waziristan on Tuesday called for peace and an end to the “proxy war” in Afghanistan. “Negative interventions have ruined us all and Pakistan’s interventions have led us to destruction,” Pashteen said. Click here to read more (external link).
Michael Hughes: A crackdown of Pashtun activists in Pakistan has drawn international opprobrium at an inconvenient time for Islamabad and Washington as they try to shape a public narrative to make a peace pact with the Taliban as palatable as possible. The Trump administration wants the U.S.-Taliban exit deal to be seen as a victory
By RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal February 15, 2020 A court in Pakistan on February 15 ordered the release of a Pashtun leader, weeks after he was arrested charges including sedition. A lawyer for Manzoor Pashteen told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that his client had been granted bail and ordered released. Pashteen was arrested in the northwestern city of
RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal January 29, 2020 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan closed a key border crossing with Afghanistan for about 10 hours after mortar shells landed on Pakistani territory from across the border. Vehicles lined up on both sides of the border began moving across the Torkham crossing on the afternoon of January 29 after the gates were
By RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan January 28, 2020 ISLAMABAD/KABUL – Thousands of protesters have gathered in Pakistani and Afghan cities and towns to voice anger over the detention of an ethnic Pashtun rights activist in Pakistan. Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of a civic rights group that has criticized the Pakistani military’s operations
Hasib Danish Alikozai VOA News May 7, 2019 WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s ethnic-based Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) has rejected allegations it has been receiving funds from Afghanistan’s and India’s intelligence agencies to destabilize the country. In turn, the PTM chief, Manzoor Pashteen, is blaming the military of maligning his movement to cover up its own alleged wrongdoings
Madeeha Anwar VOA News May 16, 2018 WASHINGTON — Pakistan is the one country in the region that has done the most against terrorism, and no country can accuse Pakistan of not doing enough against terrorism and extremism, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s outgoing ambassador to the U.S., told VOA. “Al-Qaida, if you don’t hear about it
Press TV April 8, 2018 Thousands of ethnic Pashtuns have held a massive rally in the Pakistani city of Peshawar to call for an end to abuses by police as the country’s military continues its offensive against militants across the tribal belt along the Afghan border. A senior police official estimated that about 30,000 people