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#Thread | PM #ImranKhan did the right thing by owning #PTM. This one move destroys the designs of regional actors hoping to exploit legitimate grievances of a segment of #Pakistanis. Here's why it's good. /1

#AhmedQuraishi @AQpk
Misguided or not, #PTM consists of young & educated #Pakistanis. The grievances are real, result of decades of political failures of #Peshawar & #Islamabad, and parties like #ANP #PPP #PMLN. /2
#Pakistani politicians failed to build on successful anti-terror military operations in #FATA. #PakMilitry had to enlist help of #UAE #EU #Japan #KSA to build schools & roads. Precious time was wasted in political squabbles. /3
#PTM had to emerge because #Pakistan political system failed to provide any channels for legitimate grievances of #FATA to surface. 1 or 2 TV programs don't count. Thanks to PTM, politicians took notice, FATA reforms approved. /4
Anti-#Pakistan elements infiltrated #PTM. Leftist activism in #Pakistan by #Pakistani citizens had turned overtly anti-State since the days of Soviet connections during Cold War. Legitimate leftist politics is sullied by this anti-state extremism. /5
#Pakistan rightly dealt through law enforcement with the anti-state elements in #PTM but soft, inclusive effort for the legitimate grievances of PTM has largely been missing. Talks offer by #ISPR and now this statement by the PM is movement in the right direction. /6
#PTM is a #Pakistani group. External actors will try to push it to confrontation then use any bloodshed to create a new narrative for separatist movement. We should be smarter & build an inclusive narrative & avoid the trap. /7
There is no threat to #Pakistan from #PTM. #Pakistani #Pashtun are integral part of #Pakistan power structure, especially Army & Intelligence, the two strongest institutions of the state. Our response to PTM must not betray insecurity. This is what PM Imran Khan did. /8
Police tactics are sometimes necessary (foreign links) but are not enough to deal with #PTM. Should be coupled with a soft, inclusive approach of reaching out to young #Pakistanis who are attracted to the group & win them over thru a smarter narrative. This is missing./9
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