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Tribal Pashtuns rejected PTM

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The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) had raised tremendous hue and cry prior to the elections. While other political parties had not yet even initiated political campaigns for their districts, PTM had been actively campaigning for its candidates. Mohsin Dawar had supported his cousin and Ali Wazir his brother. Many patriotic Pashtuns feared that PTM might gain the upper hand in the Tribal District of KP elections.

PTM had brought the previous momentum from nationwide rallies into its election campaign. If not for all the 16 districts, it was justifiably expected that PTM would come full circle in at least four districts of Waziristan.

This however did not happen. PTM was able to gain only one seat for Mir Kalam Wazir from PK-112  (North Waziristan II). All of their other candidates did not even come close in the remaining 3 districts of Waziristan, namely North Waziristan I, South Waziristan I and South Waziristan II. These three districts were considered to be the strongholds for PTM as they were the domiciled districts of Manzur Pashteen, Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir respectively.

Pashtuns continue to reject PTM’s anti-state and anti-army narrative, the basic premise of its campaign movement. Previously, Pashtuns of the settled areas had restricted them to two seats in the National Assembly elections.

This time around, Pashtuns of the Tribal Areas limited them to only one seat in the provincial assembly elections. Pashtuns as a whole have cast a massive “vote of no-confidence” against the so called ‘Pasthtun’ Tahaffuz Movement.

PTM leader ship should do away with the word “Pashtun” in their nomenclature now. Neither is the party a true representation of the name nor do they exist on the ground as has been proved in the election results. PTM is only as good as its social media profiles. Beyond that it is only a narrative building machine, financed by foreign anti state organizations to malign the country’s institutions and create a rift between them and Pashtuns.

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