For the past few weeks, a young Pashtun leader, Manzoor Pashtin, has consistently been in the limelight. The faster they were in Pakistan’s politics, they could not even predict big political pundits and analysts.
Manzoor Pashtin’s headlines started in January this year when a youth from Southern Waziristan died in police encounter in Nakibullah Mehsud in Karachi.
The 24-year-old Pashtun, belonging to the war-torn country of Pakistan, belongs to South Waziristan. This area has been known for the strong hold of the Pakistani Taliban.
Pashtun’s identity has emerged as a voice of backward and oppressed society in Pakistan. Pakistan’s second largest ethnic group Pashtun is constantly struggling for its security, civil liberties and equal rights.
Manzoor Pashtin launched the Pashtu Tahafuz Movement (PTM) in 2014, it was a campaign launched by the citizens. But at that time it did not attract much attention to the people.
In January this year, when people of tribal areas started performing against the death of a rising model Nakibullah, then Manzoor supported the people involved in this demonstration and in a short span of time he was in the limelight.
First, in January, PTM organized a rally which gradually started spreading in different cities of Pakistan. After this, rallies were raised in protest in North-Western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Then there was a protest for 10 days sitting outside the Islamabad Press Club.
Movement on social media
Appreciated by these protests, Pashtun began to connect with Pashtun youth through social media very well. They started spreading the speeches given in different parts of Pakistan through social media. In these speeches, the demand for the rights of the tribal communities, especially the Pashtun, was attracted towards the youth, and they started joining protests.
In early January, the families of missing people from war-torn areas were also involved in the protests started in early January. In the past few days, Pashtun has started raising the issues of the people suffering from the war, problems of tribals, and the issue of victims of drone attacks.
In an interview with the BBC, Pashtun said, “I have not done anything, these people (people of tribal areas) have been constantly exploited, their lives have become full, they are all oppressed people, they are just one The voice was what I was giving. ”
Left party also came along
By the end of this exhibition, the campaign of Pashtun in entire Pakistan got a new look. In PTM, a new social movement was created between the fight between different castes, the fight of rights. This movement has been going on the ground, as well as on social media.
Pashtun is continuously making rallies and meeting people, listening to their problems and addressing them. Pashtun has rallies in Peshawar, Quetta, they are planning to hold a rally in Lahore on 22 April.
It is seen that other Left parties and groups of Pakistan are now standing with Pashtin. Pashtun broadly talks about the rights of Pashtun, but other small communities are also joining their movement, this is not a very structured movement, but gradually it is making its place in entire Pakistan. In Pakistan, some intellectuals have started telling PTM to Pashtun Antifada and Pashtun Spring.
The PT has not only demanded a judicial inquiry for the death of Nakib, but he has talked about the investigation of all such cases before which the lawmakers have been charged for murder.
They are also demanding to leave the missing Pashtun people. Pashtin claims that about 8 thousand Pashtun people are missing though the security agencies have denied it.
Programs related to PTM canceled
As the sound of Pashtin continues to be strong, in the country there is also danger and alarm between the security arrangements.
Recently some articles related to PTM have been removed from many websites. It is being suspected that it was done on the advice of the army, although there is no evidence of this. Last Saturday, ie 14 April English columnist Babar Sattar wrote an article in an English newspaper ‘The News’ but it was not published.
Sattar told in a tweet that the media is being stopped using the #PTM and #The AgeofFreelyControlledMedia. He released his article on social media, which was too much shared.
One day earlier, Pakistan’s oldest Punjab University, an assistant professor Ammar Ali jan claimed that he was fired from his job. He wrote in one of his Facebook posts, “I was pressured to say that if I do not stay away from the approved Pashtun and PTM, then I have to face the consequences of this.”
On the same day a private Habib University in Karachi was canceled a few hours before the start of a program on the Pashto tahafuz movement.
On April 13, the program on the first death anniversary of Mushal Khan was canceled at the Lahore University of Management Science (ALUMS). Mushal Khan was a Pashtun student who had been accused of blasphemy, and then he was beaten by the people in the university.