“Their Time Is Up” Army Warns PTM Leadership

ISLAMABAD:  Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, spoke at a news conference held in Rawalpindi Monday to accuse PTM of having received funding from the Secret Organization of Afghanistan and the National Directorate for Security (NDS) and the RAW in India.


For the first time army has openly spoke about dealing against Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), stating that “those who are playing in others’ hands, their time is up” adding that possible action against the PTM would not harm anyone, said ISPR.


“The instructions of the army chief will be strictly followed. Every step will be taken according to the law,” he further explained. However, he never explained how the action will be taken place against its leaders.


In his news conference, he made it clear that no one wants to spoil the peace of country after years of anti-terror campaign.


This time, the ISPR Director General talked more openly about the alleged role of the NDS and RAW in the continuing PTM protest movements as compare to the previous news briefing.


He challenged the PTM leadership to reveal the amount of money they received for their movement.


“On the PTM website, they have got a number that states the amount of funds they have collected from Pashtuns around the world. But they have much more funds than actually shown. We have the details,” the ISPR said.


He then goes further and asked specific questions from the PTM leadership, “Tell us how much money did you get from NDS on March 22, 2018 for a protest, how much funds RAW has provided you for the Islamabad sit-in, on April 8, 2018, who was the relative of Manzoor Pashteen that went to the Indian consulate in Kandahar and had meeting there, on May 8, how much funds the Indian consulate in Jalalabad has provided you for the protest at Torkham?


“What connection Haji Amir Khan Safi in Kabul and Naseer Zadran in Dubai have with you, how they support you?”


At first, the PTM leadership put forward three demands — de-mining of tribal districts, reduction of check posts and recovery of missing persons, ISPR said, that security forces immediately acted on those demands.


The army had formed 48 teams to clear landmines and other unexploded ordnances. So far 45% of the area had been cleared of such landmines, he said.


As many as 101 security personnel were martyred during the clearing operation, the ISPR spokesperson added.


He said the PTM had enjoyed the liberty they wanted to. He questioned that how much time the PTM leadership actually spent in tribal districts. “The problems are genuine, but those problems are being faced by the locals,” he added.


He also pointed out that people are asking questions that when action has been taken against the Tehreek-e-Labbaik, then why not the PTM.


The army spokesperson spoke in Pashto to directly convey a message to the Pashtun.


The military won't rest till its problems are solved, he said, hoping they won't pay attention to “rhetoric and instead will stop these anti-state forces”.


Source: The Express Tribune & Dawn


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