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PTM UK to protest in London against Pakistani military operations on Pashtuns

PTM UK to protest in London against Pakistani military operations on Pashtuns
PTM UK to protest in London against Pakistani military operations on Pashtuns

PTM UK (Photo – X)

The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement United Kingdom (PTM UK) has announced its first demonstration against the Pakistani army’s military operations in the Pashtun tribal areas. The protest is scheduled for Friday 19th July at 4pm in front of the Pakistani embassy in London.

This demonstration follows a brutal attack on Gilaman Wazir, a Pashtun poet and human rights activist, in Islamabad. PTM UK has strongly condemned the attack and is calling on the United Nations to put pressure on Pakistan to stop the killing and torture of oppressed tribes and to ensure that Wazir’s attackers are punished to the full extent of the law.

The organisation is calling on all Afghans and Pashtuns living in the UK to join the protest and make it a success. PTM UK aims to draw attention to long-standing issues affecting the Pashtun community, including enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and collective punishment of Pashtuns under the guise of counter-terrorism operations.

These issues are not new. Since 1947, the Punjabi Pakistan Army has been exploiting Pashtun lands and people for their interests. Wazir’s case is not an isolated one, previous arrests by Pakistani intelligence and military agencies have taken place, despite being predominantly peaceful members of PTM, they often face violence from the Punjabi Pakistan Army.