Pakistan: Thousands of Pashtuns protest against government brutalities in Waziristan
Thousands of demonstrators coalesced in Waziristan, on November 12 to participate in a mass protest organized by Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) against govt.
Thousands of demonstrators coalesced in Waziristan, on November 12 to participate in a mass protest organized by Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) against the Pakistan government’s alleged brutalities. On November 15, the group held a second rally where they yelled slogans accusing the government of conducting atrocities in the form of “extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and unlawful detentions". The “massive rally” on Sunday was held in Miranshah in the northern part of the city.
While Pashtuns constitute 15 per cent of the total Pakistan population, they have reportedly been subjected to brutalities. The community, which is the second-largest ethnic group in Pakistan has been facing mass genocide in the hands of the Pakistan army as a large number of civilians are killed and many are victims of enforced disappearances, as per ANI.
The PTM is a civil rights moments which emerged to tackle the issues and has repeatedly alleged that Pashtuns are becoming victims in the hands of the Pakistan army and the terrorists in the region.
Leaders of the Movement, which fights for rights of ethnic Pashtuns, have faced intimidation and arrests in past. According to ANI report, Arif Wazir, a leader of the PTM was attacked in Wana in North Waziristan, was severely wounded and later he succumbed to his injuries.
European Parliament exposes Pakistan
Meanwhile, European Parliament Member Thierry Mariani said that the European Commission should justify the reason for supporting Islamabad which provides money to launderers who fund terrorist organizations. He further asserted that Pakistan is not following the United Nations Security Council's resolutions relating to terrorism. Mariani also said that Pakistan is becoming a country known for protecting the money launderers and financing the source of terrorism.
According to the reports by ANI, in an opinion piece in the EU
Chronicle, he wrote, “The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) President
Marcus Pleyer insisted at the Plenary press conference on October 23
that 'risks remain' as Pakistan fails to comply with all its terrorism
financing standards. The plenary retained Pakistan on the grey-list
stating that 'all-action plan deadlines have expired”. He added,
“European Commission should justify how and why it is supporting
Pakistan - a country which is harbouring money launderers, which fund
terrorist organisations, all with the knowledge and consent of a
government, itself on the money laundering and terrorism financing watch