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Illusive Peace

& Maida Aslam Thursday, June 4, 2015 The local Taliban in Wana, South Waziristan declared self-proclaimed victory and called themselves as war heroes, when the Uzbeks were expelled by the native Wazirs of the agency in Qaumi war against them 2008. Since then the Taliban have been regulating the affairs of the area under the self-proclaimed Amn (peace). This rule of Taliban has changed not only the meani ...

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Disarmament and Counter Militancy in FATA

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Pakistan Army has been conducting search operations on regular intervals in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) for the past one year to de-weaponize the society. According to the locals, these operations have been carried out to collect weapons from civilians in many of the villages in various tribal agencies. The criticism over this strategy took place when the locals were ...

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Military Courts: Is this a Right Approach?

  Does military courts as a preferred policy provide a potential solution to terrorism issues in Pakistan? The way a problem is defined shapes the search for available solutions. Any inadequate or faulty diagnosis may result in a fatal error. To produce desired results may require creativity, insight and the use of tacit knowledge. The value or utility of military courts needs further elaboration. The ...

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Security Situation in FATA: An Overview of prevailing Scenario

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 An event [9/11] having global impact, brought war to Afghanistan and subsequently to Pakistan. The war has, no doubt, global dimensions but during the period of more than a decade, it has developed domestic dynamics as well. Internationally, there is only one dominant narrative of the conflict going on in North-Western parts of Pakistan, i.e. Talibanization-and-counter-Talibaniz ...

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Peace Talks with Taliban

  Conflict and violence is no doubt a bar to the prosperity of any mundane civilization. However, Peace and stability if achieved in its true spirit can act as a catalyst in leading a society towards the zenith of success and prosperity. Gandhi says that “It is my conviction that nothing enduring can built on violence” and indeed many of us will agree with him that conflict or war is not a solution to ...

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Administrative System of FATA: A Hindrance in Economic Development

  Good governance is a prerequisite for social harmony, public order, political stability, economic prosperity and certainty about future. It delivers the fruit of progress and development evenly to all and sundry. The key attributes of good governance are transparency, responsibility, accountability, participation and responsiveness but unfortunately as fata is concerned none of these attributes are i ...

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Embroidery as a Cradle of Economic Empowerment for the Women of the Tribal Areas

Dated: 6-Feb-2014 Women are integral part of human civilization. They play a vital role in the socio-economic development and mainstreaming of the society. Specially in the modern world of today denying women of opportunities means waste of human capital and is certainly a bar to economic prosperity and mainstreaming. Women are undoubtedly the foundation of the basic unit of society i.e. the family. Even in ...

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De-radicalization and Emancipation of the Ex-militants through Rehabilitation

15-January-2014 The extravagant and coercive counterterrorism strategies such as drones employed by the US and military operations done by Pakistan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan to fight the terrorism that erupted after 9/11, has ultimately proved futile. A lot of people in Pakistan question Imran Khan’s stance on solving the issue of terrorism through non-coercive means i.e. ...

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Public Policy Framework for FATA

  The post 2014 Afghanistan will not be the same as it was during the Taliban uprising in the 90s. Despite showing their presence through frequent attacks on US and NATO forces Taliban comeback is highly unlikely due to change of circumstances and global attention that Afghanistan has got during the past decade.  The regional countries have much more business and security stakes in Afghanistan than the ...

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FATA towards a Peaceful and Prosperous Future

  The Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (FATA) is comprised of seven agencies namely, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram, North and South Waziristan in a geographically descending order and six FR regions. FATA was an exemplary peaceful region before the American invasion in Afghanistan in 2001. The peace was also disrupted when the holy war was instigated during Cold War for which ...

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