Pakistan is busy fighting the pandemic nowadays as the rest of the world is doing the same, in these testing times the entire world is working together by keeping their differences aside.
Meanwhile, in Pakistan, an anti-state organization Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) is continuously busy creating fuss against the state and its institutions. The outlaw movement made fun of the soldier martyred in the line of COVID-19 testing duty at the Torkhum border earlier this month, apparent disregard for the sanctity of human life, the PTM did what the enemy might think 1,000 times before making fun of the deceased. Later its’ founding leader Said Alam Mehsud came up with the allegations that his life is under threat.
According to the press release issued by him on social media, he wrote in an application to the senior police officials of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa that he is receiving continuous life threats for the last ten days. In the application, he tried to develop a narrative that the entire Pashtun community in Pakistan is under threat, he also wrote that thousands of Pashtuns’ have been abducted and killed and his life is also in danger. Everyone knows that these allegations are factually incorrect as there is no proof of it.
For checking the legibility of his claims of a threat we need to travel back into the past, a year ago, Said Mehsud is seeking the removal of his name from the exit control list (ECL) on medical grounds.
He said Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi would be held responsible if his health condition deteriorated and anything happened to him.
But the federal government and the Interior Ministry refused to exit his name from the no-fly list and after one year of the above statement, he is living happily and continuously doing his political activities under the security of the state, he never obliged.
Earlier this month, a PTM leader Arif Wazir was gunned down in KP over personal rivalry and the PTM tried to shift the blame of the murder on the government and security forces of Pakistan.
Arif Wazir was arrested by law enforcement agencies (LEAs) for delivering an “anti-Pakistan” speech during a recent visit to Afghanistan. He was released on bail a month ago by the courts under the constitution of Pakistan, which PTM never accepted.
PTM’s anti-state narrative is not something surprising. Following the unjust killing of the social media model Naqeebullah Mehsud, the PTM leadership headed by Manzoor Pashteen exploited the genuine grievances of the Pashtun community, especially the displaced people who once fought the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and were forced to leave out their houses and settled far away from their homes.
The erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) which later was merged into the KP Province after the Parliament passed historic 25th constitutional amendment in a hope to address the concerns of the people of tribal areas. Whereas the PTM remained in confrontational mode against the state and its institutions and never reciprocated to the appeasement policy adopted by the latter in a bid to mitigate the concerns and allow the people of tribal areas to be “mainstreamed”.
From the flag burning to the hate speech against the armed forces, the PTM has stooped to a new low where its activists have become so blind that the global pandemic for them does not carry any importance and they are still busy in their anti-state activities.