Firdous says govt didn’t want to isolate PTM


A day after Pakistan Army warned Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) of ‘legal action’, PM’s Special Assistant on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said the federal government didn’t want to isolate the Pashtun community that’s why it started a dialogue with the movement led by Manzoor Pashteen.

She was referring to the constitution of a special Senate committee that was formed to hold discussion with the PTM leadership. A meeting was also held between the senators and the PTM leaders that week.

Firdous, however, said that those misguiding youth will be dealt with iron hands as she accused the PTM of having ‘links’ with India. She claimed some anti-Pakistan elements had penetrated into PTM, adding that not all Pashtuns were part of PTM.

She said the policy shared by chief military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor will be ‘explained’ by the political leadership in detail.

The government did not want to isolate PTM that is why we started a dialogue with PTM leadership, she said. She further said the government would see if all youngsters in PTM are against Pakistan.