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Pashtun laborers killed in Afghanistan: Why is PTM silent?

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Afghan security forces have killed eight innocent Pakistani tribesmen in Paktika province of Afghanistan, Khyber News reported on Monday. According to Khyber News correspondent, the tribesmen belonged to Kabalkhel tribe of North Waziristan tribal district. The Special Forces of Afghanistan had carried out raids on the homes of Kabalkhel tribe near Pak-Afghan border in Bermal district of Paktika province.

The sources said that the Afghan security forces took eight tribesmen into custody and shot them dead outside their homes. Four of the victims were brothers. The sources said that some of the killed tribesmen had returned from Karachi, where they were working as laborers.

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The victims were laid to rest in Afghanistan. Their funeral prayers were attended by thousands of people. The relatives of the victims say that the killed tribesmen never remained part of any terror organization.

Pakistan has condemned the killing of eight innocent Pakistani tribesmen by the Afghan security forces. Dr. Mohammad Faisal, who is the spokesperson for the foreign office, tweeted Pakistan’s response on Monday night.

There was a massive uproar on social media as well.



The social media activists also took to task some ethnonationalists who used unsubstantiated allegations to attack national institutions but remained quiet on atrocities across the border. The notorious group known as the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement was particularly berated for its dual nature manifested in its silence over human rights abuses by the Afghan government on native Pashtuns.