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Security Situation in FATA: An Overview of prevailing Scenario

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-Talibanization. However, looking deep ...

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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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Peace Talks Alternative: Lessons from Bajaur

  The current debate about solution to militancy in FATA revolves around two extremes; peace talks or military operation. However, looking into militancy trends within different agencies, it seems like policy makers are ignoring the ground realities and are not learning from the strategies of tribal communities. Bajaur is a case in point that can highlight other option apart from either talks or milita ...

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Peace Process and the Current Security Situation in FATA

  In  today's  world,  Federally  Administered  Tribal  Areas  (FATA)    is  often  cited  as  a  region  rife  with militants,  and  as  such  the  area  is  seen  as  a  center for  militancy  and  a  global  source  of  terrorism.  However ,  besides  having  certain  administrative  and political  problems,  the  region  has  overall  been  one  of  the  most  peaceful  areas  of  Pakistan, until t ...

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Possibility of Holding Elections Amid Militancy

  Umar Daraz Wazir & Mehran Ali Khan Wazir The hope of having first time party based elections on their land is sharply fading among the people of North Waziristan Agency with an uncertain security situations in the area. 20 Pakistani soldiers including 4 civilians were killed while 40 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack, carried out by a banned militant outfit, on a military check post i ...

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