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Pakistani military persecuting PTM supporters

AT-KABUL: Supporters of the Pashtoon Tahafuz Movement PTM are being harassed by the Pakistani army, said the movement’s leader Manzoor Pashteen, who added that the mistreatment has disappointed them to hold negotiations with Islamabad.

“The attack on the supporters of the movement in Wanna was carried out by Pakistani military-backed Taliban,” Pashteen said Wednesday.

Pakistan government has rejected the demands of Pashtoon Tahafuz Movement, holding them under pressures.

“Only in the past three-day attacks, six of our supporters have been killed and more than 50 injured in the Wanna and Angoor Ada areas,” said Pashteen.

“In Islamabad, police detained 37 of our supporters on Monday. They are deprived of access to lawyer and are not referred to tribunal, they were sent to jail for 14 days. Likewise, 46 were injured and five killed in attacks against our supporters in Wanna and Angoor Ada.”

Another leader of the movement, Ali Wazir escaped an attempt and Pashteen said that he was safe now in Wanna, but a family member of him was injured.

He said that Pakistan army gives different titles to the Taliban that it supports. It sometimes calls them security committee and some other times good Taliban, while most of murders, bombings and violence are carried out by this group.

He rejected possibilities of negotiations with Pakistan government while the government kills, injures and arrests their supporters.

Pashtoons should not go missing, should not be killed by field courts and their areas should not be used as terrorism classes. These are the Pashtoons’ demands to the Pakistan government and Manzoor called them as basic rights of an ordinary life.

He denounced allegations by Pakistan army spokesman Asif Ghafoor that Pahstoon movement was supported and used by foreign countries, as a joke.

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