The Pashtun’s Flame of Hope – Manzoor Pashteen! or Manzoor Pashteen the Pashtun’s Che Guevara!


September 17, 2018 – GENEVA

Film has always been a valuable medium to share issues of human rights and today in Geneva, the Pashtun community of Europe showed six films which portrait the factual reality of the persecution and discrimination of the Pashtun people in Pakistan experience. The film showings were held in the Salle Pierre Bungener at the Résidence Universitaire International in Geneva, Switzerland, near to the United Nations offices.

The six films presented by the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) showed the inhumane and intimidating treatment shown by the Pakistan Army and intelligence services towards the Pashtun people. They highlight the discrimination and harassment Pashtuns receive on a daily basis, and how enforced disappearances, torture and murders affect thousands of families across Balochistan and beyond.

Pashtun Genocide in Pakistan – An Exposition

Manzoor Pashteen has become not only the hero of the films but also the role model for activism. Manzoor Pashteen is a compelling, bearded tribesman in his late 20s, who represents people who say they were brutalised during decades of war in the border areas that Pakistan shares with Afghanistan.

Pashteen has managed to raise his voice as a ‘Pashtun for the people’. Pashteen says that he “never expected that the men in uniforms who came talking about the independence would one day turn out to be far worse than the colonisers who made no qualms about regulating them with a single law, the Frontier Crimes Regulations, the Law that ever talked about punishment, punishment that meant that 3 year olds could be given imprisonment sentences. The same law that continued till 2011. Sixty four years after Pakistan achieved independence.”

Tens of thousands of Pashtuns are demanding an end to extrajudicial killings and abductions which they blame on the Pakistani state – and Manzoor Pashteen and the presentation of films have become valuable tools to share with those in international organisations like the UN, so the they can understand that beyond the silver screen, there is a hell on earth for the Pashtun people of Pakistan.

Demonstrations and exhibitions have also taken place in the Swiss capital highlighting an array of abuses and persecutions being faced by the Pashtun people. Protesters have called on the United Nations to condemn Pakistan for the genocide it is committing against the Pashtuns.

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