PZM holds pro-army rally in Mingora


MINGORA: People from across the tribal areas on Saturday joined a rally taken out by the Pakistan Zindabad Movement (PZM) to pay rich tribute to the armed forces and tribal people over the sacrifices for the restoration of peace in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Carrying Pakistani flags, banners and placards, the participants of the rally, organized at the Grassy Ground in Mingora, chanted slogans in favour of Pakistan Army.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Fazl Hakeem, Jallat Khan and several other tribal elders and activists said that the security forces had rendered matchless sacrifices for the country and restored peace in Malakand and other areas of the country. They lamented that certain anti-Pakistan elements were attempting to sabotage the hard-earned peace of the region, and pledged that no one would be allowed to destroy the peace of the region come what may.

“They are dancing to the tune of RAW and Afghanistan. It should be called ‘Afghanistan Tahaffuz Movement’ rather than Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement,” they said, vowing to “make an example of them”.

Coming down hard on the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), the speakers said that the organization led by Manzoor Pashteen was holding meetings and rallies in the name of Pashtuns and criticising Pakistan Army on the behest of ‘anti-Pakistan elements’.

The tribal elders said Pakistan was created in the name of Islam, which is a religion of peace. They said that Pashtuns were peace-loving people who will never allow any anti-state elements to sabotage peace of the area. They said that the country was facing internal and external threats mainly owing to the conspiracies hatched by some elements on the behest of Pakistan’s enemies. They said the rally had been organised to create awareness among the people to shun such ‘anti-state elements’ and support Pakistan Army in its efforts for peace and stability.