Author Archives: The Pashtun Times

Mashal Khan lynching: Shooter Imran Ali sentenced to death, 5 given life imprisonment

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PESHAWAR: A Haripur Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) announced its verdict in the Mashal Khan lynching case on Wednesday, handing one person two death sentences, five persons multiple terms of life imprisonment, and 25 others jail sentences, but acquitting 26 others for want of sufficient evidence. Mashal Khan, 23, a student of Mass Communications at Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, was beaten and ...

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Ajmal Khattak: The commemoration of 8th death anniversary

Ajmal Khattak

PESHAWAR: Ajmal Khattak, the veteran Pashtun politician, poet, writer and former president of Awami National Party, died in penury on 7 February 2010, after six decades of unremitting political struggle in Pakistan for the political and economic autonomy of the Pashtun people, sliced off by the British-Indian Empire in 1893 from Afghanistan. Ajmal Khattak was politically active during his student ...

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Pashtun’s leaders support #PakhtunQamiJirga

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The Chief of Awami National Party, Asfandyar Wali Khan and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party head, Mahmood Khan Achakzai openly announced their parties support to the Pashtun long march in Islamabad. Following the extra judicial killing of Naqeeb Mahsood on 13 January in a fake police encounter in Karachi—capital city of Sindh province, Pashtuns—across the board started peaceful protests across the ...

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Asma murder case: KP police ‘pressurising’ victim’s sister to withdraw statement

Asma Rani

LONDON: The family of Asma, an aspiring doctor who was shot dead in Kohat, has said that the Khyber Pakhtwnkha police is pressurising them to withdraw statement that the law enforcers were aware of the threats against her. Safia Rani, the sister of the deceased MBBS student spoke to Geo News in London regarding the pressure being put on her ...

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In Pakistan, long-suffering Pashtuns find their voice

Demonstrators in Islamabad, Pakistan, last week. The police shooting of Naqeebullah Mehsud, an aspiring model, was “the tipping point” for ethnic Pashtuns angry about years of mistreatment by the state, a Pakistani newspaper editor said. Credit B.K. Bangash/Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At first, the killing last month of Naqeebullah Mehsud — an aspiring model shot by the police in Karachi who claimed afterward that he was a Taliban militant — seemed merely the latest in a long series of abuses carried out by the authorities against ethnic Pashtuns in Pakistan. But Mr. Mehsud’s case has proved different. The 27-year-old’s killing, in ...

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Pashtun’s protesters torch Taliban office in Pakistan

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D. I. KHAN: Protesters angry over the killing of a young man have set fire to a Taliban office in the northwestern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tribal leaders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s southern city of Dera Ismail Khan say hundreds of Pashtun tribespeople torched the office of a pro-government Taliban commander on February 6. Zafar Wazir, a tribal leader, says ...

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اولسي پاڅون،ډیره اسمعیل خان کې دحکومت پلوه طالبانو دفترونه سوزول شوي

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دخیبرپښتونخوا په ډیره اسماعیل خان سیمه کې د حکومت پلوه طالبانو په ضد اولسي پاڅون شوی اؤ پاریدلو خلکو د طالبانو دفترونه سوزولي دي. خو پولیس وایي پاریدلو خلکو قانون په لاس کې اخستی اؤ په ضد به یې کارروایي کولی شي دسیمې څخه سرچینو وائس اف امریکه ډیوه راډیو ته ویلي چې دسه شنبې په ورځ دوزیر بیټني، محسود،ګنډا ...

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Time for Afghanistan to change its counter-terrorism strategy

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Jan. 27, 2018, was another bloody day in the Afghan capital Kabul, with more than 100 killed and about 200 injured in a suicide attack in one of the busiest areas of the city, just meters away from the old Interior Ministry complex. As usual, the victims were mostly civilians, including women and children. There was no hesitation from the ...

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The Pashtun odyssey is our national odyssey

#PashtunLongMarch

The truth is no matter what we assume as Punjabis, Urdu speakers or Sindhis, no one in this country has sacrificed as much as the Pashtun. The fact that thousands of Pashtuns have to demand that a police officer who is accused of the extra-judicial murder of dozens of Pakistani citizens be punished for his actions exposes how weak the ...

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Pashtuns vent grievances in Islamabad sit-in

#PashtunLongMarch

PashtunLongMarch: Millions of ethnic Pashtuns have endured years of terrorist violence, military operations, and displacement in northwestern Pakistan, and yet their protests rarely reverberate in the country’s capital, Islamabad. But the murder of a young shopkeeper in a staged gunbattle with the police last month appears to have stirred up grievances that were long suppressed. The killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in the ...

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