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Pakistan slams ‘troubled’ Ashraf Ghani on Manzoor Pashteen’s arrest

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani criticized the arrest of PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen in a tweet and said he is 'troubled' by the arrest of Manzoor Pashteen and his colleagues. While Pakistan's Foreign Office deduced President Ashraf Ghani's statement as an intervention in the internal matters of the country, Pakistani social media users severely denounced President Ashraf Ghani's statement and called it a tantamount to meddling in the internal affairs of Pakistan.

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President Ashraf Ghani expressed concern on the arrest of the PTM chief, Manzoor Pashteen. On Monday, Peshawar police had arrested Pashtun Tahafuz Movement chief and sent him jail on a 14-day remand by a judicial magistrate.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani criticized the arrest of PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen in a tweet and said he is ‘troubled’ by the arrest of Manzoor Pashteen and his colleagues.

He demanded his immediate release adding that a strike on the peaceful civilian movements by governments can aggravate terrorism and militancy in the region. He even extended a piece of advice to the government of Pakistan to solve the dispute through negotiations and dialogues.

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Former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai reverberated Ashraf Ghani’s concerns in a tweet. He demanded the immediate release of Manzoor Pashteen and his colleagues. He dubbed the detention of peaceful activists wrong, expressed fear that it could deepen the crisis in the region since the region is already marred with violence and atrocities.

While Pakistan’s Foreign Office deduced President Ashraf Ghani’s statement as an intervention in the internal matters of the country, Pakistani social media users severely denounced President Ashraf Ghani’s statement and called it a tantamount to meddling in the internal affairs of Pakistan.

Some said President Ashraf Ghani’s response confirms that PTM, and specifically Manzoor Pashteen, is a proxy of Afghanistan in Pakistan, who is on the agenda to destroy and damage Pakistan. Others added that President Ghani’s statement had not only demeaned his stature but has disregarded the efforts of Pakistan to restore peace in Afghanistan.

Others said that he does not have the right to comment or condemn the conduct of other countries when his authority extends to a small radius around Kabul. Pakistani social media users asked him to focus on his country which is the epicenter of terrorism in the region.

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They reminded him that Afghanistan with a dilapidated economy, infrastructure, abject poverty, and gross human rights violations calls his immediate attention. Some even added that according to reports Afghan forces had killed more Afghan civilians than Taliban in 2019.

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