Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) protest continues in Islamabad defying arrests and closures

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PTM at Supreme Court
PTM Converge at Supreme Court Amidst Government Restrictions (Photo - News Intervention)

The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) marched towards Islamabad, announcing a protest in front of the Supreme Court in Islamabad against sabotage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In this regard, PTM workers from all over Pakistan reached Islamabad.

PTM caravans were stopped from entering Islamabad by the government. Many workers who resisted were arrested by the police. The Khyber district convoy was stopped at Takhta Beg check post, and 68 workers along with their leaders were arrested.

In this regard, there are reports that dozens of convoys have been stopped and more than a thousand workers have been arrested. The participants of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) rally against sabotage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gathered at Tarnool after they were denied permission to protest in front of the Supreme Court in Islamabad.

In view of the protest by the Pashtun Tahafuz Moment in front of the Supreme Court of Pakistan today, the administration imposed Section 144 in Islamabad and arrested activists across Pakistan at their homes and on their way to Islamabad. There are also reports of stopping and arresting workers coming from Balochistan, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In the crackdown by the Swat administration against Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) officials and workers, PTM Provincial Coordinator Idris Bacha, District Coordinator Mir Inam Khan Advocate, and many other leaders and workers were arrested. Cases have also been registered under the 3MPO against Ataullah John O’Doctor and many activists in civil society.

Despite the imposition of Section 144 in Islamabad, a significant number of PTM workers have managed to gather in the capital. On this occasion, Manzoor Pashteen, their leader, addressed his supporters in Islamabad, stating, “Bengalis had stripped you, but we are not Bengalis; we are Pashtuns and Baloch. We will remove your skin.”

Manzoor Pashteen praised the unwavering determination of rally participants who braved continuous crackdowns, road closures, and multiple arrests over a span of two days. Despite these challenges, a substantial number of people joined the rally, demonstrating their commitment to a shared cause.

In his message, Manzoor conveyed his salutations to the spirit and courage exhibited by the participants. He underlined the collective resolve by stating, “Friends, take heart. The struggle will continue.” His words echoed the sentiments of those who gathered, united by a shared goal despite the adversity they faced.

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