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FATA in the Context of Merging with Pakhtunkhwa

One may agree or disagree with the merger of FATA with Pakhtunkhwa depending on arguments based on nationalist approaches in support or against the process. However, there are some facts that one can not be ignored. Its true that FATA has been a semi independent region and historically been engaged with Afghanistan and British India in the pre 1947 period. ...

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The words, he uttered?

At last “the soul” spoke out the two forbidden words; Pashtun vs. Military. The later didn’t like and resorted to repression on Pashtun youths. Their Printed material confiscated and the right to free movement of the “CHE” were restricted. Air travel was banned. People and few groups from our land were propped up to carry out a nasty and senseless ...

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The power shift

Formally the constitutional term of the present government will come to an end with completion of the term of elected assemblies by the end of May but power has already been shifted from elected to non elected executive far before that. The black out of the entire press conference of the sitting prime minister last week was a proof of ...

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Transformational leadership of Pashteen

The Transformational leadership focuses on leaders who take control of the situation by conveying a clear vision of the group’s goals. An American historian and political scientist, James MacGregor Burns, who was one of the first thought leaders to embark on a more philosophical approach to the understanding of leadership, Suggested, that “we need to step back from our over-emphasis ...

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Defiance breaks out in Pashtun paramilitary

KHYBER AGENCY: An outbreak of disobedience and resignations appeared in the paramilitary of Mehsud Scouts when 23 soldiers tendered their resignations purportedly in reaction to alleged covert support to militant outfits in South Waziristan, North Waziristan, and Khyber Agency. “Inside the Mehsud Scouts it is rumored they have been detained for making public their support to the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement ...

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Pashtuns’ Uprising: The Art of Resistances

Pashtuns’ Uprising: The Art of Resistances To put it simply and bluntly, James C. Scott, (an anthropologist and political critic on nations-state) discusses four forms of resistance, that’s how an individual constructs and re-constructs itself in dealing with dominant and subordinate “power-relation” in his excellent book “Domination and the Art of Resistance”. His four forms of resistance can be seen ...

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Pashtun thrown to the wolves

Pashtun thrown to the wolves BY HABIB KHAN: Bearing seventy three years brutality and oppression of Pakistani state since the partition of sub-continent, in the present time Pashtuns just yell this burden in the historical trepidatious words of their freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan aka Bacha Khan Baba “You have thrown us to the wolves” spoke to All India ...

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Manzoor Pashteen, a young, charismatic and influential Pashtoon leader

Manzoor Pashteen, a young, charismatic and influential Pashtoon leader Manzoor Pashteen is the voice of all Pashtoons and Afghans who have been affected by the long-lasting war, mainly in Pashtoon areas at both sides of the imposed Durand line. Manzoor is a simple, but young, charismatic and influential Pashtoon leader. He is a role model for many youths and many ...

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Charismatic leader; Manzoor Pashteen

Charismatic leader; Manzoor Pashteen There are numerous theories about leadership, The theory of charismatic leadership can be more appropriately applied to the rising Manzoor Pashteen. Being a Muslim I don’t believe in the belief of seven reborn as believed in Hinduism. But it’s a fact that sometimes I am compelled to mull that this belief may be true. What compelled ...

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PTM and restructuring established narrative

Micheal Foucault’s ‘Power-Knowledge’ thesis emphasizes an entrenched relation between power and knowledge. Neither power nor that of knowledge is independent. Both contribute to each other for the sustainability of their existence. Similarly, there also subsists ‘Power-Narrative construction’ phenomenon. In Pakistan, power elites have comprised their ‘engineered narrative’ regarding Talibanization, militancy, Afghan Jihad, state interest and national interest. This ‘engineered narrative’ ...

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