Afrasiab Khattak via Prothomalo: Pakistani focus on Pashtun Taliban is to weaken Pashtun nationalism on both sides of the Durand Line. That’s what motivates the predominantly Punjabi generals of Pakistan army in supporting Talibanization of Pashtuns. But the exclusion of other important ethnic groups will deepen the ethnic fault lines in Afghanistan leading to serious
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).
By Pamir Sahill May 17, 2021 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Until a few year ago, Malak Ziarat Gul Atmarkhel made a decent living from his businesses that crossed the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is a tribal leader of the Mohmand, a large Pashtun tribe that straddles the border, and ran a market and restaurant
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 5, 2021 Frud Bezhan Daud Khattak Families, traders, and guerrilla fighters have for generations moved freely across the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The disputed 2,670-kilometer frontier traverses some of the world’s most forbidding terrain, snaking through desolate deserts and towering mountains more than 4,000 meters high. Drawn by
By Radio Mashaal January 17, 2021 Pakistani security forces have detained and forcibly expelled a prominent ethnic Pashtun rights activist, Sanna Ejaz, from the restive province of Balochistan. Ejaz is a leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), a civil rights movement that has come under a growing government crackdown. Video footage uploaded on social media
By Radio Mashaal December 19, 2020 An anti-terrorism court in Karachi on December 19 handed over a lawmaker and Pashtun-rights leader to be held in custody for 12 days over a sedition charge that has sparked protests all over northwestern Pakistan. Lawmaker Ali Wazir was arrested in the city of Peshawar on December 16 after the
By RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal May 2, 2020 Pashtun rights activist and political leader Sardar Arif Wazir has died of injuries sustained in a shooting attack in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal district. The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), a rights group that Wazir helped lead, confirmed to RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that Wazir died in Islamabad on May 2.
RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal May 1, 2020 Unidentified gunmen have critically injured a prominent ethnic Pashtun rights activist in an attack in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal district. Sardar Arif Wazir, one of the leaders of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), was traveling by car in the city of Wanna when gunmen opened fire from another vehicle,