The United Nations has mentioned, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
But this is not the case with an ethnic group, Pashtuns residing in modern-day Pakistan and Afghanistan. These people have faced human rights violations by Pakistan for centuries. This includes the threat of violence, use of criminal laws to prosecute innocent people and heavy censorship on media.
“Pashtun Chapter” at the Indic Researchers forum will be a set of online conferences that will consist of interactive sessions designed to highlight the human rights violation towards the Pashtun population. These people are seen living in a military garrison and facing elimination daily. The systematic suppression and sudden disappearances have been noted by many human rights organisations. Many Pashtuns Pakistanis reside in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), an unstable territory bordering Afghanistan that has been subjected to Taliban assaults, government military offensives, and US drone operations in recent years.
Pakistani leaders must understand that the country's diversity is a strength, not a liability. Before the law, everyone is on an equal footing. The government must also move to eradicate long-standing discriminatory legislation and practices against Pashtuns, as well as negative sentiments against them.
Pashtun Spring: A Grass Root Civil Political & Human Rights Movement
⚬ October 26, 2021⚬ Fazal Ur Rehman Afridi
The research paper talks about the life of Pashtuns in the state of Pakistan. The Author is himself witness to all the agonies and humiliations suffered by Pashtuns.
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