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Meet the 23-year-old activist who could change Pakistan

Armed only with a microphone and his social media accounts, can Manzoor Pashteen change a dangerous country? Samira Shackle reports

By Samira Shackle   November 2018

FEATURES A SPARK IN PAKISTAN 45 Manzoor Pashteen addressing thousands of protestors in Lahore, above a picture of Naqibullah Mehsud. © ARIF ALI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Naqibullah Mehsud was on his way to social media stardom. The 27-year-old, originally from Waziristan in Pakistan’s tribal region, lived in the distant southern megacity of Karachi and worked in a shop. An aspiring model, he posted photos of himself on his Facebook page, modelling new clothes, hairstyles and beard trims. By December 2017, he had over 14,000 followers.

On 3rd January, plainclothes policemen walked into a restaurant and took…

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