Pashtun News

‘Manzoor Pashteen is the voice of millions of Pashtuns’

  Speech at UN Office in Geneva by Aurang Zeb Khan Zalmay: ”PTM, Pashtun Tahfuz Movement or Pashtun Protection Movement, I would like to attract the public opinion at large and specifically the Human Rights Commission, to whom I have been the honor to address just now. And yet I would like to define the PTM Pashtun Tahafuz Movement. PTM ...

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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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Transformation of social, political leadership in Pashtun society

The world has been changing fast, so does the Pashtun society. The transition from mundane orthodox tribal society to vibrant urbanised progressive one dismantling old tribal social norms and relationship has changed leadership role in Pashtun land. Young people are fast becoming radicalised and coming forward to take the affairs in their own hands. Emergence of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) ...

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The Pashtun Uprising: Thousands of Pashtuns rally in Pakistan against state sponsored terrorism

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Tens of thousands of ethnic Pashtuns — led by the young activist Manzoor Pashteen — gathered in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on April 8 for a mass demonstration to demand the protection of the rights of Pashtuns. RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal correspondents say as many as 60,000 people took part in the gathering, despite a media blackout ...

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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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Pakistan’s security establishment all out to undermine rightful Pashtuns’ rights movement

Crooked tribal chiefs of Mamandkhel tribe to hold “solidarity rally tomorrow Friday to undermine Pashtun Protection Movement BANNU: Soon after the Pashtun Protection Movement organized a protest demonstration in Bannu against the FIRs registered against the movement’s active members just for voicing their concerns against state terrorism and seeking constitutional rights, the tribal chiefs (Malakaan) of Mamandkhel tribe vowed they ...

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Nobody can sag PTM’s confidence, says Manzoor Pashtun

ZHOB: The key member of Pashtun Takhafuz Movement (PTM) Ali Wazir said that after Zhob convention their strength and confidence has gone many notches higher. Talking to The Pashtun Times, he thanked the Pashtuns of Zhob who turned out in a large number and attended the gathering. He said that they are very much confident about Quetta convention as they are ...

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War, masculinity, and the Pashtun Long March

The struggle against violence that we confront in the post 9/11 world cannot be effectively and expediently won if we do not shatter the clout of toxic masculinity Very few people have written on the Pashtun long march. The marchers had not only gathered in Islamabad against post-9/11 politics and the security regime in the country but also to reject ...

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‘We ask the state to honour its constitution. Is that an anti-state demand?’

Lahore: “We are asking state institutions to act in accordance the country’s constitution. Is that an anti-state demand?” Manzoor Pashteen, a leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, asked a gathering of students from various colleges and universities of the city on Tuesday. “If that is so, then are the constitution and the laws drafted under it also anti-state?” he followed ...

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Manzoor Pashteen narrates in LUMS how did he start the Pashtun Protection Movement?

When the military operation was launched in Waziristan in 2003, its implications started telling its side effects. In 2005, the situation was if you had spoken against the Taliban your dead body would have been thrown away. And that too, beheaded. Your hands cut off. Your face defaced. Your ears severed. If someone used to dare speak against the military ...

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