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PTM want army to leave Waziristan: Terrorists or Rights’ movement?

Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) has started speaking the same language as the Taliban. PTM leader has threatened Pak Army to leave Waziristan and release their captured leader otherwise they [Army] won't leave the area alive. The arrest came after PTM leader attacked Army checkpost in which a soldier was martyred.

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Mohsin Dawar, a member of national assembly and leader of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), has reportedly demanded Pakistan army to leave Waziristan. Mohsin Dawar, who recently attacked an army check-post in North Waziristan and martyred one soldier, said we now want immediate removal of Pakistan army from our areas to foreign media outlet from an unknown place.

Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) has confirmed that four soldiers got injured as a result of the attack by PTM members and three attackers were killed.  As to why did the PTM attack the check-post, the ISPR has said that they wanted to exert pressure for the release of suspected terrorists’ facilitator arrested the other day. “Troops at the check-post exercised maximum restraint in the face of provocation and direct firing on the post,” the army said.

We will free Ali by force. if anything happened to Ali; then I swear you (army) will not get out of Waziristan alive

Dawar openly threatened the armed forces for staying in the tribal areas.

Analyst’s View

After Dawar’s statement about army went viral, analysts shared their opinions and slammed the MNA for pursuing an anti-state agenda under the cover of right’ movement. Dr. Moeed Pirzada of 92 News mocked Dawar and said that:

PTI’s Omar Ayub Khan also said that

People also reminded Dawar and his aides that they used to support army operations in the region whereas Imran Khan, PTI’s chief, used to oppose it.


Moreover, back in 2014, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that killed many innocent civilians and soldiers also demanded the same thing.


The TLP hostage Pak Army soldiers, tortured and beheaded them. After years of continuous struggle and sacrifices by the armed forces, Pakistan was able to restore peace across the country. The TLP was operating from tribal areas of Pakistan and from its safe havens in Afghanistan but was mainly targeting urban centers in Pakistan.

Read more: PTM’s jig is up: Ali Wazir arrested

Dawar’s demand is not strange for all those alleging PTM of extension of TTP and other anti-Pakistan forces e.g NDS, RAW and CIA. Dr. Hassan Askari has recently noted that it is the global narrative to destabilize countries through using their internal fault lines like identity and religious cards.

In the case of Pakistan, TLP maintained that the tribal areas should be a  no-go area for the state of Pakistan.


But the army initiated operation and cleared the area. Pakistan army has made it clear that the achievements gained in the war on terror shall not be undone because of anyone’s pressure.