Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani police say they’ve arrested distinguished rights activist Manzoor Pashteen, the chief of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Motion (PTM), which is thought for its strident criticism of the nation’s highly effective navy for alleged enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.
Pashteen was arrested late on Sunday from the Shaheen City space of the northwestern metropolis of Peshawar, police official Nabibul Khan informed Al Jazeera.
“He was required in a case by the police from Dera Ismail Khan metropolis police station, so we [arrested him,” mentioned Khan. Police didn’t instantly present additional particulars on what expenses the rights activist was arrested on.
Mohsin Dawar, a PTM chief and member of parliament, confirmed the arrest to Al Jazeera.
“That is our punishment for demanding our rights in a peaceable [and] democratic method,” Dawar mentioned in a Twitter put up on Monday. “However Manzoor’s arrest will solely strengthen our resolve.”
Pashteen, in his 20s, and a small group of different younger activists who had been displaced by the Pakistani navy’s battle towards the Taliban of their native South Waziristan, based the Pashtun Tahaffuz Motion in Dera Ismail Khan, positioned about 250km south of Peshawar.
They shot to nationwide prominence in 2017, when the group championed the reason for Naqeebullah Mehsud, the sufferer of an extrajudicial killing by a infamous Pakistani counterterrorism police officer.
Since then, Pashteen has led rallies of hundreds throughout the nation,…