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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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Kabul Sakhi shrine: 29 people killed, 52 wounded in New Year suicide blast

KABUL: At least 29 people were killed and 52 others injured in a suicide blast in capital Kabul on Wednesday, security officials said. The blast happened at around 12:00pm in the limits of third Police District near to Kart-i-Sakhi area. Nasratullah Rahimi, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) told Pajhwok Afghan News 29 people have been killed and 52 other wounded. The ...

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Amnesty International urges Pakistan to resolve enforced disappearances cases

ISLAMABAD: The Amnesty International urged Pakistan to resolve hundreds of cases of enforced disappearances as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted on Monday the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan. “As an elected member of this council, Pakistan must uphold the highest human rights standards – to not just acknowledge violations, but take concrete steps to end ...

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