FATA

The Forgotten Battle for Tirah Valley

Mar 2013

Thousands of men, women and children have fled Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency, after the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) successfully gained control of the area last week. Ibrahim Shinwari reports on the battle, and the lives, forgotten by a Pakistan in the grips of election fever. Ali Akbar Shalobar, 35, was left with no other...
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Accounting for the Drone Debate

Feb 2013

Irrespective of whether statistics on “civilians” and “militants” are being used to endorse or undermine the drone campaign, this dialogue addresses FATA residents only as denizens of a neo-colony.  The new year has brought a redoubled American drone campaign to Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Region (FATA). Support and condemnation have been vociferous, with evidentiary statistics deployed...
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Burying us Alive in Bara

Burying us Alive in Bara | Rashid Khan Aurakzai

It is time for the military to own up to its mistakes. Tell us what is going on. Anything less is political suicide.
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Safdar Dawar | Voices

Feb 2013

Tanqeed sat down with Safdar Dawar, the general secretary of the Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ). Based out of Peshawar, the TUJ represents 300 journalists operating out of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and boasts 13 press clubs in an area generally off-limits to the rest of the world–including the average Pakistani. Transcript: English Audio...
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Reporter’s Notebook: Pashtuns Protest Against Army | Ashraf Kakkar & Madiha R Tahir

By M.T.
Jan 2013

Photographer: Ashraf Kakkar Protests against the killing of 21 Pashtuns from Pakistan’s tribal areas by Pakistan’s security forces this week continue to grow. The latest wave of solidarity protests occurred in Islamabad as well as Peshawar. Frontier Corps (FC) commander Colonel Jawad Zia who heads the para-military force in Bara, the locality where 21...
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Protests Against Army Operations in FATA | Q&A

By M.A.
Jan 2013

Inspired by the Hazaras of Quetta, Pashtuns convened in front of the Governor’s House in Peshawar with the bodies of 18 people killed in an army operation carried out in Bara, a sub-division of Khyber Agency. The bodies have since been confiscated by the army and police, but the protestors continue their sit-in, this...
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Protests Against Army Operations In Bara | Live Updates | Tanqeed

By M.A.
Jan 2013

Pashtuns from Bara, a sub-division of Khyber Agency, follow in the footsteps of the Hazaras of Quetta. In protest against the army operations in Bara, they are now sitting in front of the Governor’s House in Peshawar, with anywhere between 13 to 18 dead bodies on Sher Shah Soori Road in Peshawar. See live...
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