Jun. 14, 2018
The generals often rule and always have influence, but they’re flummoxed by a new protest movement.
Pakistan’s powerful army would seem to have little to fear from a scrappy group of protesters nobody had heard of until recently. But nearly four months after the Pashtun Tahafuz (protection) Movement emerged as one of the army’s fiercest critics, Pakistan’s generals are clueless how to deal with it.
The PTM claims to represent the aspirations of Pakistan’s 30 million Pashtuns, a tribal population whose traditional homeland spans northwest Pakistan and southern Afghanistan, where another 14 million live.
The group sprang to prominence after police in Karachi abducted and killed Naqeebullah Mehsud, a 27-year-old Pashtun shopkeeper and aspiring model. Though extrajudicial killings are hardly rare in Pakistan