Meanwhile, Karak district police arrested Mohsin Dawar, another leader of the movement and a member of parliament from North Waziristan, and took him to Kohat. The two were on their way to join the Janikhel protests in Islamabad.

Police have not yet confirmed the arrest of Mohsin Dawar and Manzoor Pashteen. However, the PTM activists said on Twitter that the leaders have been released after a brief arrest.

The PTM leaders were on the way to participate in the protest march of the Janikhel tribe to “ensure an end to militants and to ensure complete peace in the area,” thousands of Janikhel tribesmen started their journey towards Islamabad on Sunday.

The Janikhel tribesmen after protesting since March 21st after they found bullets-ridden and violence-hit dead bodies of four young boys.  During this period, the elders held several rounds of talks with the government teams comprising Provincial Minister for Transport Malik Shah Muhammad, Deputy Commissioner Bannu, and a number of other high-ranking civil and military authorities.

Chief Minister Mahmood Khan after coming to know fuelling anger and sense of deprivation amongst the Janikhel tribesmen, Sunday rushed to Bannu whereas he held talks with representative Jirga of protesters but the Jirga members have refused to end the sit-in protest and bury the dead bodies unless the acceptance of the main demand of clearing the tribal districts from terrorists.

Following the failure of several rounds of talks with the Chief Minister, Ministers, and other government representatives, the protesters as per the decision of Jirga leaders left Janikhel for Islamabad via Bannu, Karak, Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, and Swabi.

Thousands of protesters are boarding on motorcycles, pickups and motor cars. The dead bodies covered with black-color cloths also placed on vehicles. Almost all protesters have black-banded arms, also holding and hoisting black flags on vehicles.

According to Jirga’s decisions, the protesters are peaceful but some of them continue chanting slogans just for peace and protection of lives and properties.

The Bannu police made attempts of denying entry to protesters by creating hurdles and blocking the main road onward to North Waziristan, but the protesters have removed all hurdles and blockades, and peacefully entered Bannu city. Later they assembled in the main park of Bannu Township for a rest. On way to Islamabad, the Domail area will be protesters’ next destination, which is also dominated by Utman Wazir tribesmen. The Domail Wazir would also join the rally.

Leaders and officeholders of different political parties including Awami National Party, Pakistan People’s Party, Quami Watan Party, and others directed its workers and supporters from all over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to join and help the protesters at different points.

The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement leaders and workers from all over North Waziristan, Janikhel, Bakakhel, and Bannu are already part of the sit-in protest since the previous Sunday.