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Issue:June' 2019

PAKHTOON VOICE

Gaining momentum

RC Ganjoo

Pakistan’s federally administrated tribal areas In the name of so-called war against terrorism, Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), now part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has been turned into a training ground for various terrorist groups al-Qaeda, ISIS, ISIL, IS, SIC and Da'ish. These terrorists, invited from different parts of the world, are being imparted arms trainings in safe camps in large number by retired and active Pak army officials. The main training centres, located at Bahawalpur, Multan, Rahimyar Khan, Deragzazi Khan and Muzaffargargh, have been set up in South of Punjab ( Pakistan ).
In an exclusive telephonic interview with this Journalist, Wazir Ali, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader and sitting National Assembly Member said, "Whatever international funding Pakistan gets in the name of anti- terrorist operations is being utilized by Pak agencies to implement their own policies for keeping terrorist groups intact for their own ends." These foreign mercenaries taken safe refuge in tribal areas and operate according to the direction of Pak agencies to execute their dirty task within or outside Pakistan. According to Ali , the main object of Pak agencies in harbouring terrorists is to hit Iran, India, Afghanistan and other Western countries.

Pashtun leader Wazir Ali Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) (its inception in 2014) gained its prominence in January 2018 when it launched a justice movement against extrajudicial killings in fake encounters and disappearance of youths in thousands and exposed Pakistan's atrocities in the Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA , now part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) before international community.
Ali Wazir, the lone Marxist, won North Waziristan National Assembly seat in 2018 . He lost 16 of his family members to terror. Now he has become a threat to Pakistan. Pakistan agencies have already briefed the hired mercenaries to keep the voices like Ali silenced, according to reports . On June 3, 2018, pro-government Taliban attacked Ali Wazir and other supporters in Wanna, South Waziristan. Ali Wazir survived but at least four supporters of PTM were killed and dozens others.

Describing the current situation of KP, Ali said , " after 9/11, Taliban fled into FATA and other parts of Pakistan, for their regrouping . Since then FATA witnessed traumatic stresses to its order and way of life and it became a base for militancy and terrorism.

A view of the Pakhtun Tahafuz Movement's (PTM) rally in Peshawar PTM, a social movement led by Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, a human rights activist from South Waziristan with his prominent leaders Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, claims to be an unarmed and peaceful resistance movement working within lawful boundaries of the Constitution of Pakistan. PTM , is based in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and, Pakistan.

In May 2014 eight students at Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khanas took an initiative for removing landmines from Waziristan and other parts of the former FATA , affected by the war in North-West Pakistan.

PTM demands to set up a judicial inquiry for the Pashtuns murdered extra judicially in police encounters. The jirga (tribal council which has legislative and judicial functions/powers) demanded to stop racial profile of the Pashtuns in Pakistan, and to bring the Pashtun missing persons before the court of law. The jirga also demanded Pakistan Army should not abduct or open fire on innocents in the tribal areas and abolition of infamous Frontier Crimes Regulations from tribal areas. .

"In case Pakistan fails to address our demands, the time is not far off when Pakhtoon Tribal area will get separated from Pakistan once for all".