Thousands of people Sunday attended a rally in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore demanding basic rights for ethnic Pashtun citizens and others, Al Jazeera reported.
Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), addressed protesters on Sunday, calling for an end to enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and other alleged rights abuses committed by Pakistan’s military in its war against the Taliban, the report said.
“Pakistan’s constitution says that if anyone has committed a crime, arrest them and bring them before the courts within 24 hours,” said Pashteen.
“But thousands of Pashtuns have been killed extrajudicially.”
Pashteen, a native of the South Waziristan tribal district, once the birthplace of the Pakistan Taliban, led a movement that has expanded across the country in recent weeks to hold the military and government accountable for alleged excesses committed by security personnel.
The rally on Sunday was held in defiance of a government ban.