MANZOOR PASHTEEN – A FEW BASIC DETAILS
Manzoor Pashteen was born in 1992 and was just a kid when the US led WAR ON TERROR began. He was born in Mawla Khan Sarai, a small village near Sawakai in South Waziristan. He belongs to a poor Pashtun family of the Shamankhel branch of the Mahsud tribe and his father was a school teacher at his village.
He received his early education in South Waziristan but his family was internally displaced in 2009 because of Operation Rah-e-Nijat and was sent to the Internally Displaced Persons camps in Dera Ismail Khan. His family was displaced from their home four times because of the operations. He is a vet and received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan.
He founded the “Mehsud Tahafuz Movement”, a social movement mainly focused on clearing land mines in Waziristan in 2014. This movement gained popularity and was renamed to Pashtun Tahafuz Movement.
RISE OF THE MOVEMENT
The movement gained popularity throughout Pakistan when Manzoor led a protest march from Dera ismail Khan and organized a sit-in. They also condemned the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud by Rao Anwar. Among other demands the sit-in also asked the government to set up a judicial inquiry for Naqeebullah Mehsud as well as other Pashtuns murdered extra-judicially. Recently he successfully held a rally in Karachi as well but he faced a lot of hurdles for that.
Two sides of a story
There are always two sides of a story. On one side Manzoor Pashteen is a referred to as a planted agenda driven agent trying to destabilize Pakistan. For some he is a hero raising voice against the oppression and injustice. Have a look at the opinions of some:
Pakistan Army is a terrorist organisation and supports terrorism: Says USA, ISRAEL, INDIA, Nawaz Sharif, Manzoor Pashteen, Altaf Hussan, Hussain Haqqani and Tarek Fateh…… Do the math 🙂
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) May 12, 2018
Fatima Bhutto came to his aid
Manzoor Pashteen is harassed for days to prevent him from speaking. But @manzoorpashteen is electrifying when he speaks. Look at the quality, on the other hand, of those the army happily allows to speak+ hold rallies.
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) May 13, 2018
On one hand you have Khadim Hussain, a man who wrecked havoc in capital and provincial capital, but he can't be arrested because of an 'agreement signed under Army's guarantee.'
On the other, we have Manzoor Pashteen and PTM, facing all sorts of hurdles to hold a rally in Khi.
— Abid Hussain (@abidhussayn) May 12, 2018
Watched Manzoor Pashteen's fiery speech in Karachi for a bit. The guy has improved his arguments a lot. He knows his detractors have multiplied, matching the rate of his supporters. He is a leader & he speaks with this knowledge that what he is saying resonates with the public.
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) May 13, 2018
After Islamabad agencies stopped @manzoorpashteen in Lahore. A checkpost was set up near Allama Iqbal Airport. He was stopped there & made to wait for 1 hour till he missed his flight & after that allowed to leave. Now 2 vehicles from the checkpost are following Manzoor in Lahore
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) May 12, 2018
— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) May 12, 2018
The unconditional support of Altaf Hussain has also raised a lot of questions and gave the critics a chance to criticize the cause of Manzoor Pashteen.
An ordinary man like me is not qualified enough to assess whether he is right or not, whether he is backed with an agenda or not. A number of people claim that they have seen pics and videos of Pashteen chanting anti Pakistan slogans but I have not seen anything so not gonna comment on that. We can only hope for the recovery of missing people and for the issues to be sorted out.
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