PTM exposes Pak Army’s illegal mining & resource exploitation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

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Screen grab of the explosion used in illegal mining in the Tirah Maidan region by Pak Army (Photo: News Intervention)

In a damning revelation, the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) has exposed Pakistan Army’s exploitation of resources in the uphills of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, depriving local inhabitants of their rightful ownership.

The latest tweet by PTM unveils a video from the resource-rich Tirah Maidan region, depicting mining and excavation activities being carried out under the guise of security measures.

“See how rare earth metals/gemstones are being extracted in Tirah Maidan district Khyber by ‘Security Czars’ in the name of security. While Tirah valley is a ‘no-go zone’ for locals. Almost one native is daily killed in Tirah in the name of security,” posted PTM.

Tirah Maidan remains inaccessible to the local populace, with Pakistan Army citing safety concerns due to its proximity to the Afghanistan border. However, PTM asserts that this restriction serves to conceal the Army’s exploitation rather than ensuring security.

Recent events further corroborate PTM’s claims, as Pakistan Army’s mortar shelling in Tirah Maidan claimed the lives of at least four innocent civilians, including two children. Pakistan attributed the deaths to a landmine explosion, allegedly planted to curb infiltration from Pakistan. However, PTM later exposed this manipulation and the true death toll.Pakistan Army’s tactics of deception continue to come under scrutiny, with local organizations like PTM striving to counter their narrative. As each instance of exploitation comes to light, Pakistan’s ulterior motives are laid bare for all to see.

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