In a significant development, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) Chief, Manzoor Pashteen, who was released from forced imprisonment after spending two months behind bars lambasted Pak Army and expressed his gratitude towards those who raised their voices and made efforts for his release, despite facing “the most inhumane treatment” during his incarceration.
Pashteen took to X, formerly Twitter, and minced no words as he attributed his imprisonment as the “colonialism of the military generals” in Pakistan. He asserted that the generals have been pursuing colonialist policies and engaging in anti-people activities, which he believes to be the root cause of the prevailing hooliganism, terrorism, and chaos.
Despite facing adversity, Pashteen made it clear that the resistance against oppression will persist as long as there is breath. He emphasized that the struggle against the authoritarianism of Pakistan Army and its generals will not waver, asserting, “We will not be helpless and oppressed forever; one day our hands will reach your neck.”
Manzoor Pashteen’s fight against Dollar war of Pak Army
PTM Chief Manzoor Pashteen’s release comes after Pakistan Army implicated him in various cases across the country as a tactic to weaken the PTM’s fight against oppression faced by Pashtuns. The PTM has long been advocating for the rights of the Pashtun community and raising concerns about human rights violations in the tribal areas.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a Pashtun dominated region has for long been grappling with the dual challenges of terrorism and Pak Army oppression. Pakistan Army, on one hand, harboured terrorist in the cliffs of rocky Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and projected itself as the victim of terrorism on the other. To establish its claim, enormous number of Pashtuns were slaughtered by terrorists on the call of Pak Army. The only motive behind this was to appropriate Dollars from the US and other anti-terror platforms. Therefore Pashtuns, who are well aware of this Dollar war, are against Pak Army’s policy. And so for obvious reasons Pakistan Army is trying to suppress the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement.