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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.

Let’s talk about Human Rights by Dr. Ashraf Ali

December 10 marked the International Human Rights Day. To commemorate the day, Islamabad – like other parts of the country – hosted a number of events to highlight its importance and stress the need for renewed commitments against human rights violations. The events featured stories of human rights violations and …

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Bridging the Gap by Dr. Ashraf Ali

The recent carnage in California, where a Pakistani couple left 14 people dead in a shootout at a social services centre, has once again triggered heated debates in social and political circles around the world. Twenty-nine year old Tashfeen Malik moved to Saudi Arabia in 1989 with her parents; she …

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The Paris fiasco by Dr. Ashraf Ali

The series of attacks in Paris that left over 129 dead and more than 300 injured are considered to be the second largest and deadliest incident in France since World War II. It has shaken the very foundation of Europe and has prompted leaders from the international community to condemn …

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Press Freedom? – Dr. Ashraf Ali

PEMRA has reportedly banned media coverage of proscribed organisations, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF). According to a circular issued by the media watchdog, the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior, under [the] National Action Plan (NAP) have banned all kind of coverage …

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Disasters and delivery by Dr. Ashraf Ali

The earthquake of October 26 inflicted heavy damages in terms of men and material. Government estimates put the number of dead at 268. Over 9,000 houses and commercial units were damaged – more than half of them in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. The number of casualties was, fortunately, comparatively fewer …

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