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Peace & Conflict in Afghanistan & Pakistan

Peace & Conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Hello and welcome to my blog.

I plan to share my opinion about the "Peace & Conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan" to construct, deconstruct and reconstruct an indigenous perspective with peace activists, students and academia of global community.

I will do this by writing a regular blog to bring firsthand information by critically analysing and discussing the causes and impacts of this over three decades protracted conflict. Most people living there today do not know, what is like to live in peace. It would be hard to find a person whose life has not been diminished by war. They have suffered directly from the multiple impacts of war, and many more have suffered indirectly from the devastating displacement, disruption of community and institutions. Unfortunately, peace is not yet attained in Afghanistan though some of the indicators of peace and development such as women education, the Meshrano Jirga or the National Assembly of Afghanistan and Afghanistan National Army are signs of improvement. However, due to the hasty strategies of the West and the weak government in Afghanistan, the security to Afghans is still a good dream.

The continued war in Afghanistan by uprooting Taliban and AL Qaida as a result of the 9/11 militants attack on the United States' World Trade Center and the Pentagon and its expansion to Pakistan has created unprecedented problems and added layers of complexities for the people of the north west Pakistan. Both the state and non-state actors in Pakistan are not coming out of the Cold War era and do not want to work for peaceful solutions. The Pakistan security establishment, for example, still formulate their war doctrines vis-à-vis India and not the militancy. Pakistan state do not consider the recent militancy and Talibanization a serious threat to the lives and property of the people, though it has killed over 40,000 innocent civilians, police and paramilitary forces in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which are mostly Pashtuns. Mass killing and kidnapping of civilians, peace activists, political workers, teachers, NGOs workers and traders are a daily routine. The recent killing of senior minister Bashir Bilour, governor Salaman Taseer, minster Shabaz Bhati, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the life attempt on young Malala Yousafzai in Swat Valley are some of the horrific example of this war.

The Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) Pakistan has been converted into safe sanctuary for the Taliban, Haqqani Network and many Arabs, Chechens, Chinese, Uzbek militants, who regularly attack innocent people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Local people condemn Drone attacks which kills militants and civilians alike. However, local people also demand the people and state of Pakistan state to not only condemn militants, Jihadists and kidnapers and but take a decisive actions against them.

I look forward to receive critical input from the reader to critically analyze my work and provide me suggestions on how to improve this blog. I wish, together, we build bridges between the people and institutions of Canada and the North West Pakistan.

Jahan Zeb
Graduate Student - Master of Peace & Conflict Studies
University of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College

Tag(s): Afghanistan-Pakistan; Pashtuns; peacebuilding; identity; nonviolence
Added by jahanzebca@gmail.com on 2013-01-03 20:36:06   Post Reply

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