Zohaib Pashtun, a member of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), is currently in critical condition due to severe torture during his recent detention by the Pakistan army. This brutal treatment has led to the complete failure of Zohaib’s kidneys.
Zohaib was detained by intelligence agencies in Tank, and was subjected to the torture that left him unable to stand or move. Recently, he was released on bail, yet his condition demanded immediate hospitalization for dialysis due to his failing kidneys.
Tragically, Zohaib Pashtun is not alone in facing such circumstances. Jamal Maliar, another detainee, experienced maltreatment while imprisoned, including having his hair forcibly cut.
On August 18, PTM conducted a mega rally in the heart of Islamabad. The peaceful protest was cracked downed by the Pakistan Army, who not only unlawfully arrested leaders and protestors but also, brutally tortured them.
Zohaib’s story, however, represents a broader issue. Currently, 15 PTM activists are in custody, with 12 detained in Adiala Jail, 3 in Waziristan, and 1 in Bajaur. Among them are notable figures like Ali Wazir, Kamran Khan, Noorzada, Wasim Pashteen, Ulus Yar, Fida Pashteen, Shah Faisal Ghazi, Fida Mehsud, Badashah Pashteen, and Said Sajjad Ali from Bajaur.
The movement highlights grave human rights violations committed by Pakistan Army against Pashtuns. These violations encompass acts of brutality, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and the loss of innocent civilian lives.
The peaceful PTM activists are continuing to face adversity, even as they advocate for their rights in a peaceful manner. The Army is ruthless, and they continue to suppress the movement at all cost. The voice of the protestors are falling on the deaf ears as the global powers are busy providing funds and incentives to this terror-infested state. With no civilian govt to check, the real question is: How far will the military go to repress this movement?