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Pakistan releases Pashtun rights activist from jail

Peshawar: A leading Pakistani ethnic minority rights activist known for criticising the country’s powerful armed forces was released from jail on Tuesday, weeks after a court granted him bail.
Manzoor Pashteen has rattled the country’s generals with his calls to end abuses against the Pashtun community, largely based in tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.
His Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM), founded in 2018, is notable for its direct verbal attacks on a military establishment which plays a dominant role in national politics.
Last month he was taken into custody on charges of sedition, hate speech, incitement against the state and criminal conspiracy. (AFP)