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Pashtun thrown to the wolves

Pashtun thrown to the wolves BY HABIB KHAN: Bearing seventy three years brutality and oppression of Pakistani state since the partition of sub-continent, in the present time Pashtuns just yell this burden in the historical trepidatious words of their freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan aka Bacha Khan Baba “You have thrown us to the wolves” spoke to All India ...

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Manzoor Pashteen, a young, charismatic and influential Pashtoon leader

Manzoor Pashteen, a young, charismatic and influential Pashtoon leader Manzoor Pashteen is the voice of all Pashtoons and Afghans who have been affected by the long-lasting war, mainly in Pashtoon areas at both sides of the imposed Durand line. Manzoor is a simple, but young, charismatic and influential Pashtoon leader. He is a role model for many youths and many ...

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Charismatic leader; Manzoor Pashteen

Charismatic leader; Manzoor Pashteen There are numerous theories about leadership, The theory of charismatic leadership can be more appropriately applied to the rising Manzoor Pashteen. Being a Muslim I don’t believe in the belief of seven reborn as believed in Hinduism. But it’s a fact that sometimes I am compelled to mull that this belief may be true. What compelled ...

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PTM and restructuring established narrative

Micheal Foucault’s ‘Power-Knowledge’ thesis emphasizes an entrenched relation between power and knowledge. Neither power nor that of knowledge is independent. Both contribute to each other for the sustainability of their existence. Similarly, there also subsists ‘Power-Narrative construction’ phenomenon. In Pakistan, power elites have comprised their ‘engineered narrative’ regarding Talibanization, militancy, Afghan Jihad, state interest and national interest. This ‘engineered narrative’ ...

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Mainstreaming FATA

Gone are the days of colonialism, yet we see its remnants to this day. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is such a space that was either eulogized for the ‘free spirit’ of our valiant tribesmen or abused as a lawless region. It came to be the epicentre of terrorist structures, which were rooted out by our valiant armed forces. ...

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The dismal picture of Pak politics

Officially Pakistan is supposed to be in the final stage of preparation for general elections to be held in summer this year as the elected National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies are reaching the end of their constitutional term on May 30 ( the last day of the constitutional life of Pakhtunkhwa Assembly is May 28). Care taker governments, at both ...

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The birth of Pashtun Che

                                              The birth of Pashtun Che Constitutional demands are not discussed in Jirga but sorted out in parliament or Jurists. One has to see the ground realities and be in the shoes of Manzoor Pashteen and his comrades to ...

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The repressive policies of the military establishment in Pakistan continue

The repressive policies of the military establishment in Pakistan continue. In Lahore, Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement is going to hold a public meeting tomorrow at Mochi Gate; in order to update all other nationalities on the atrocities, going on against Pakhtuns. The military establishment has started every conspiracy to stop a just cause. The military intelligence agencies have raided the printing ...

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Pashtun Tahafuz Movement and mainstream dogma

Two implications can be constructed from the military chief’s depiction of PTM in his speech. Firstly, mainstream media and the political leadership, who remained silent for days, were permitted to speak about PTM but in line with his portrayal. Secondly, his speech revealed the dual face of Pakistan Army who on the one hand viewed PTM as a threat to ...

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We still have a soul

BY BABAR SATTAR: Manzoor Pashteen’s social consciousness may be rooted in his Pashtun identity. He may be motivated by sufferings of fellow Pushtun’s he has seen growing up. But the questions he is asking are relevant for all of us. The debate triggered by Pashtun Tahafuz Movement is about the coercive relationship between a citizen and Pakistani state and the ...

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