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Conflicting reports emerge regarding Pak-Afghan forces clash in Paktia

KABUL: Conflicting reports have emerged regarding a clash between the Afghan and Pakistani border forces near Durand Line in Paktia as situation remains tense along the Line amid deteriorating security situation and persistent artillery shelling. The provincial government of Paktia said in a statement that the Afghan border forces came under coordinated fire both from the Taliban and Pakistani militia ...

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Helmand sit-in demands halt to state-sponsored terrorism

KABUL: Residents of southern Helmand province including men and women have staged a sit-in in Lashkargah city to seek an end to Pakistan’s sponsoring of terrorism. Following a deadly suicide car bombing in the premises of Ayub Khan Stadium, happened on Saturday in which at least 16 compatriots were martyred and 50 others sustained injuries, a sit-in has been set ...

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PTM, a quest for law

PTM, a quest for law Amend the law; adapt it to the needs of the day, or repeal it altogether have been some of the objectives of the social and political movements surfaced throughout the history. However, it indeed sounds strange to know about a social movement which demands a government to implement its law. The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) ...

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Pashtun Tahfuz Movement (PTM) and media concerns

Pashtun Tahfuz Movement (PTM) staged a sit-in in Islamabad for more than a week under the young leadership of Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen. Since the spontaneous birth of this movement till now, mainstream media has adopted three manipulative stances to demean the worth of the PTM and its cause.  The first strategy was to not impart proper coverage to PTM sit-in ...

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Dilemma of Pashtuns in Pakistan

It is costlier in Pakistan to challenge the tentacles of overdeveloped state institutes. Very few beings in Pakistan take dare to question the notorious role of state institutes in selling out the brand of religion and patriotism for exploitation. One of these beings, Manzur Pashteen a bearded man of twenties is now on the vanguard of war-weary Pashtuns demanding justice. ...

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Politicians, parliamentarians pay tribute to victims of Kabul sit-in attack

KABUL: The Chairperson of the Afghan Samon Society, Zakia Wardak on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on peaceful Kabul sit-in, extending her deepest condolence and prayers to the victims of the attack. Zakia Wardak visited the sit-in at Chaman-e-Hazori Park at Kabul, expressing unity and solidarity with the leadership and activists of the sit-in. Lending support to the sit-in, ...

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Germany to send more troops in Afghanistan

KABUL: The government of German might send more troops to Afghanistan after the country’s parliament approved plans to extend the country’s military mission. A majority of MPs in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, voted to approve a bill increasing the maximum number of German troops deployed in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s Resolute Support mission by one-third to ...

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Cross-border shelling continues in Kunar province of Afghanistan

KABUL: The local officials in eastern Kunar province are saying that the cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand Line continue on this province as dozens of artillery shells landed in two district over a period of 24 hours. Provincial police spokesman Faridullah Dehqan confirmed that more than 80 rounds of artillery shells landed on Nari and Dangam districts ...

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Editorial: Manzoor Pashtun and the partisan Pakistani media

Manzoor Pashtun and the partisan Pakistani media EDITORIAL: It is him who ignited and infused the long-awaited verve in Pashtuns–the worst victims of global war on terror to come together for their national cause–which has become a question of their survival. The Pashtuns perhaps never in history had come across as monstrous and deadliest a challenge as terrorism is, therefore, ...

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Has PTM taken the road less travelled by?

PESHAWAR: Removal of the chairman of the organising committee of the National Youth Organisation – sub-organisation of the Awami National Party – may seem like a decision based on the party’s policy but it also looks like the ANP’s policy statement towards the Pakhtun Tahafuz Movement. Chairman Mohsin Dawar hailing from North Waziristan was found guilty of being an active ...

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