Pakistan Pashtun community asserts protest is nonviolent, constitutional
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Pakistan Pashtun community asserts protest is nonviolent, constitutional

Members of the Pashtun community in Pakistan have staged a series of protests against extrajudicial arrests and killings of members of the ethnic minority by security forces. The killing of an aspiring model from the community - which makes up about 15 percent of Pakistan's 207 million population - in January sparked the countrywide protests.

"It's a miracle that our efforts are still going on," Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of the movement, told Al Jazeera.

On Sunday, he led another Pashtun Long March in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, demanding protection and rights.In a country where few speak against the powerful army and spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), this young man has been outspoken against atrocities committed by the state agencies.


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