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Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM)- A New Challenger for Pak Army

The latest clashes between Pakistani security forces and protestors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan have claimed three lives, leaving at least ten others injured.On 25th May, residents of Datta Khel, a small town in North Waziristan district of Pakistan, launched a sit-in protesting Pakistani security forces for “persecuting” and “torturing” civilians during a recent search operation targeting suspected militants. According to witnesses, dozens of tribal elders and leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) were on their way to the sit-in next morning when troops stopped them at a checkpoint and prevented them from reaching the protest site.On the contrary, military personnel accused Dawar and Wazir of storming and assaulting the Kharqamarcheckpost, adding that “they wanted to exert pressure” for the release of a “suspected terrorists’ facilitator” who had been arrested. Insisting that soldiers exercised maximum restraint, the military blamed the protestors for provocation through opening fire, adding that among the injured, five were soldiers. suspended, PTM and local sources told Dawn.com.The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) is a civil rights group found in 2018. Its support base is mostly among the Pashtun ethnic minority concentrated largely in northwest Pakistan. The PTM has been holding dozens of rallies across the country demanding basic rights for ethnic Pashtuns in a peaceful manner. ..................

 

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