February 11, 2019

THERE IS NO PAKISTAN:

The Military Says Pashtuns Are Traitors. We Just Want Our Rights.: Pakistan's powerful military is trying to crush a nonviolent movement for civil rights. (Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, Feb. 11, 2019, NY Times)

I lost my home in 2009 when a major operation by the Pakistan military forced us to leave our village in South Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan.

Around 37 million Pashtuns live in this region that includes the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas -- which have now been merged with the province -- and parts of southwestern Baluchistan province. Our impoverished region has been desolated by the long war on terrorism. [...]

In January 2018 Naqeebullah Mehsud, an aspiring model and businessman from Waziristan who was working in Karachi was killed by a police team led by a notorious officer named Rao Anwar. Mr. Anwar, who is accused of more than 400 extrajudicial murders, was granted bail and roams free.

Along with 20 friends, I set out on a protest march from Dera Ismail Khan to Islamabad, the capital. Word spread, and by the time we reached Islamabad, several thousand people had joined the protest. We called our movement the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, or the Pashtun Protection Movement.

Ours is a peaceful movement that seeks security and political rights for Pashtuns. 

Posted by at February 11, 2019 1:21 PM

  

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