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Protest in Kabul against detention of PTM leader Manzoor Pashtun offsets Pakistan's anti-India event

Protest in Kabul against detention of PTM leader Manzoor Pashtun offsets Pakistan's anti-India event

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 06 Feb 2020, 10:48 am

Kabul/IBNS: Dampening the so-called Kashmir Solidarity event planned by the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, a large protest broke out in the Afghanistan capital on Thursday against the detention of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Manzoor Pashtun in Peshawar.

The hotel where the Pakistan embassy had planned an anti-India event on Jammu and Kashmir also cancelled the booking and refused to host it, according to reports from Afghanistan.

Pashtun, who was arrested arbitrarily on charges of sedition, was late last month sent to Peshawar's Central Jail on a 14-day judicial remand.

International media hails Manzoor as the man who dared Pakistan's army for its human rights abuses.

He is a leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement  (PTM), or the Pashtun Protection Movement, which had began as a social movement for ethnic Pashtuns' human rights trampled allegedly by Pakistan and its Army. The Pashtuns are based in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

According to Pakistan's Dawn quoting police, a case was registered against the PTM chief at the City Police Station in DI Khan on Jan 18 under sections 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 120-B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 124 (sedition), and 123-A (condemning the creation of the country and advocating the abolishment of its sovereignty) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

According to the FIR, a copy of which is available with, Pashteen and other PTM leaders had attended a gathering on Jan 18 in DI Khan where the PTM chief had allegedly said that the 1973 Constitution violated basic human rights.

The FIR added that Pashtun also made derogatory remarks about the state, the report said.