The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) protested against the ‘extrajudicial killing of thousands of people’ in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan in Pakistan on 13 May 2018, at 10 Downing Street, London.
The PTM is based on deep-rooted seeds of resentment against Taleban and Pakistan Army. It sparked into an uprising following the ‘extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud,’ a young aspiring actor, in January 2018.
PTM is represented by a collective leadership. But its most charismatic leader Manzoor Pashteen, a young human rights activist from South Waziristan, has become a sensation.
PTM supporters claim there has been an almost total media blackout of PTM rallies, attracting tens of thousands of Pashtuns. They accuse the army for this blackout.
Pakistan Army has dismissed PTM’s allegations. General Bajwa, the Chief of Pakistan Army, has referred indirectly to the PTM as being “engineered” by Pakistan’s enemies.
Reporting on the movement has been censored in the media.