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FATA lawmakers start efforts to broker talks between govt and PTM

FATA lawmakers start efforts to broker talks between govt and PTM
April 19, 2018

PESHAWAR: Fata parliamentarians Al-Haaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi and Muhammad Nazir have initiated efforts to broker talks between the government and Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) for amicable resolutions of problems and removal of misunderstandings on both sides.

In this regard, Shah Jee Gul Afridi and Muhammad Nazir along with other tribal elders held talks with the PTM chief Manzoor Pashteen in Peshawar on Wednesday night. Shah Jee claimed on his Facebook page after the meeting that they have brokered talks between the government and PTM to remove misunderstandings and move towards resolution of problems faced by Pakhtuns. He said the problems of Pakhtuns must be resolved in a cordial manner and tension must be avoided. He said he has come out for the rights of Pakhtuns and will continue his efforts till achievement of this goal. He said he will convey the demands of Manzoor Pashteen to the civil and military leadership.

However, Mohsin Dawar, a PTM leader, said while commenting on a tweet of TNN that it was just a routine meeting and talks will be held only with ‘concerned authorities’.

The PTM got prominence after the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud, a youth from South Waziristan, in a fake encounter in Karachi in January. The PTM had staged an eight-day long sit-in in Islamabad for arrest of former SP Malir Rao Anwar and other policemen involved in the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud. The PTM also demanded clearing of landmines from the tribal areas and production of missing persons in the courts.

After the Islamabad sit-in, the PTM also held well-attended rallies in other parts of the country to pursue its demands.

However, several anti-PTM rallies were also taken out in KP and Fata recently in which the participants accused the PTM of spoiling hard-earned peace in Fata through engineered protests.

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