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Dr Ashraf Ali

Dr Ashraf Ali
Having over twenty years of experience in the field of journalism and research, Dr. Ashraf Ali left BBC World Service to join the FATA Research Center (FRC) as its President back in 2009. Later he took over as The Executive Director of Zalan Communications (Zcomms). During this time, Dr. Ali covered the rise and fall of the Taliban in the conflict zones on both sides of the Durand Line (Pak-Afghan border), the subsequent American-led war on terror and the re-grouping of the Taliban in recent times. He has been contributing articles to Daily Telegraph (London), San Francisco Chronicle (USA), The Muslim Observer (USA) and the Gulf Monitor (UAE), besides writing regular columns for the leading Pakistani newspaper, daily The News on the issues related to terrorism, militancy and the on-going war on terror. Dr. Ali has led a number of research studies in the volatile tribal areas as well as the bordering Afghanistan on a wide range of issues from violent extremism/radicalization to the socio-economic, political and cultural aspects of the region.

Writing the future – Dr. Ashraf Ali

  The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. This year’s theme, ‘Reading the Past, Writing the Future’, honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, and efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. While addressing the current challenges it also …

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The Afghan peace process by Dr. Ashraf Ali

The death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour remained a mystery for quite a few days and was finally resolved by the Taliban’s confirmation and ultimate succession of its new chief. Mansour’s death on Pakistani soil, however, left dozens of unanswered questions for the country’s political and military establishment which has been …

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Are we not in a state of war? – Dr. Ashraf Ali

Pakistan’s parliamentarians have, in a quick move, proposed and adopted a motion in the National Assembly – calling for an exponential increase in their salaries, perks and privileges. The move, aimed at bringing parliamentarians’ wages at par with grade 22 officers, recommends a 400-times raise on the current salaries they …

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A Rotting System by Dr. Ashraf Ali

Ambreen is no more. But her tragic death has left behind dozens of questions for local police authorities, law-enforcement agencies and human rights watchdogs. The most important one is: how can a local council of elders – a jirga – order a death sentence for a young woman at a …

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Talk in spring by Dr. Ashraf Ali

The Taliban are on the move. Operation Omari – named after former leader Mullah Muhammad Omar – has dashed all hopes of bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table before their spring offensive. The Taliban have a good presence in 15 of the 32 provinces and have been advancing in …

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In the Name of Honour By Dr. Ashraf Ali

A few days ago, a tragic incident in Sahiwal shook the entire city, when a man killed two of his sisters in the name of honour. The accused, Muhammad Asif, made his escape from the scene – leaving Noor Shah, a small farming village some 20 kilometers north-east of Sahiwal, …

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Thar – waiting for a messiha by Dr. Ashraf Ali

One is overcome in equal measure with shame and sorrow when travelling through the drought-struck Tharparkar district of Sindh – sorrow for the scores of children who died because of the drought and shame that these deaths are occurring in 21st century’s Pakistan. Spread over an area of 2200 square-kilometers, …

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