The members of the Civil rights group Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) staged an anti-Pakistan protest in NewYork against the recent firing by Pakistani Army on a rally of Pashtun activists in South Waziristan.

The protest was staged outside the United Nations office to press the UN to impose sanctions on Pakistan army. They also demand an investigation into the attack that killed several members of the PTM activists.

The protest was also carried out against the state-sponsored Taliban, which is responsible for attacks on innocent Pashtuns.

The protesters and the activists criticised the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the security forces.

Raising slogans against Pakistan army and General Bajwa the protesters slammed the outfit.

The protesters sloganeered, "Yeh jo mara mari, iske peeche wardi hai

Yeh jo dheshadgardi hai, iske peeche wardi hai

Yeh colonel general, dheshadgard

Yeh Bajwa Bajwa, dheshadgard!"

The protests followed after the killing of several PTM activists last week by Pakistan security forces at a peaceful rally in South Waziristan. Pashtuns have long blamed that they have been targets of military operations, internal displacement, ethnic stereotyping and abductions by the Pakistani security forces.

They feel that they have been victims of gross human rights violations by Pakistan's military in federally administered tribal areas.

They allege that Pakistan army functions along with militant groups in the region and indiscriminately use force against innocent Pashtuns.

However, the Voice of Karachi chairman Nadeem Nusrat had strongly condemned the allegations of Pakistan Army against the PTM last week, saying, the country's military is a national security institution, not a court of law and that it has no legal or constitutional mandate to brand a "genuine grassroots movement as anti-state."