|Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen|
منظور احمد پښتين
|Born||1992 (age 26–27)|
Mawla Khan Sarai, Sarwakai Tehsil, South Waziristan, Pakistan
|Residence||Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan|
|Alma mater||Gomal University|
|Occupation||Activist for human rights, student of veterinary medicine|
|Movement||Pashtun Tahafuz Movement|
Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen (Pashto: منظور احمد پښتين; born 1992) or Manzoor Pashtun is a human rights activist from South Waziristan, Pakistan. He has spent years lobbying to draw attention to the plight of the Pashtun people, especially those from Waziristan and other parts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. He is the leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement ("Pashtun Protection Movement").
Early life and education[edit | edit source]
Manzoor Pashteen was born in 1992 in Mawla Khan Sarai, a small village near the town of Sarwakai in South Waziristan, Pakistan. He belongs to a poor Pashtun family, from the Shamankhel branch of the Mahsud tribe. His father, Abdul Wadud Mahsud, is a school teacher at his village.
Pashteen spent his childhood in Waziristan, and received his early education at his village's school. However in 2009, as a result of Operation Rah-e-Nijat, Pashteen and his family were internally displaced from Waziristan to the Internally Displaced Persons camps in Dera Ismail Khan. In 2014, Pashteen founded the "Mehsud Tahafuz Movement", a social movement mainly focused on clearing land mines in Waziristan. After gaining popularity, it was renamed to the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement ("Pashtun Protection Movement"). Pashteen received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan.
Pashtun Long March[edit | edit source]
On January 26, 2018, Manzoor Pashteen led a protest march starting from Dera Ismail Khan, and reaching Peshawar on January 28. Then upon reaching Islamabad on February 1, the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement organized a sit-in called "All Pashtun National Jirga". The jirga condemned the murder of the Pashtun shopkeeper Naqeebullah Mehsud who was shot dead by police force in Karachi during an encounter, and the alleged state oppression against the Pashtuns. Among other demands, the jirga also asked the government to set up a judicial inquiry for Naqeebullah Mehsud, as well as for all the other Pashtuns murdered extrajudicially in police encounters.
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References[edit | edit source]
- "د پښتنو د پاڅون مشر منظور پښتين څوک دی؟". VOA Deewa (in پښتو). 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
- "Pashtun Grievances Echo In Islamabad Protest". Gandhara Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
- "د پښتنو منظور پښتین له کومه راغی؟". BBC Pashto (in پښتو). 2018-03-11. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
- "Long march against Naqeeb killing reaches Peshawar". Daily Times. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
- "Pashtun Tribes Stage Unprecedented Protest in Pakistan". The Diplomat. 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
- "Decades of suffering leave the Pashtun youth angry". The Week. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
- "In Pakistan, Long-Suffering Pashtuns Find Their Voice". The New York Times. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
- "Pashtuns End Protest in Islamabad, Vow to Reconvene if Demands Not Met". Voice of America. 2018-02-10. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
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