The Persistence of Gender Disparity and the Complicity of My Generation

Gender Disparity

For many members of the Hazara diaspora including my generation, coming to the UK has been a life-changing occasion. The freedom along with the educational and professional opportunities and facilities that the UK has endowed us all with, have transformed our lives in ways that we could not have imagined. Although census data on the […]

Loya Jirga: an Attempt at Futility or Legitimizing Criminality

Consultative Loya Jirga Aug 2020

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai convened a Loya Jirga on August 7th for three days. The purpose of the Jirga was to discuss the fate of the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners. During the US -Taliban negotiations, the US envoy, Zalmai Khalilzad with the approval of Mike Pompeo had promised that 5000 Taliban prisoners will be released after […]

Qissa-hai-Natamam: A tale of Hazara Genocide in Pakistan

Book 'The Unfinished Stories' by Hasan Riza Changezi on Hazara Genocide in Pakistan

The book is a collection of Hasan Riza Changezi’s articles most of which were published in the Dawn newspaper as Urdu language blogs. The book contains thirty-one of his selected articles written during the horrific period of 2012-2015 when Pakistan in general and Quetta in particular, was ablaze with sectarian terrorism. The writer has highlighted […]

Faustian Pact with the Devil

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The peace deal that the US signed with the Taliban on February 29, 2020, in Doha, Qatar had two main tenets: the first one stated that in 135 days, the “United States, its allies, and the Coalition…will reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to eight thousand six hundred (8,600) and proportionally bring reduction […]

The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement Dilemma

Left to Right: Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader, Mohsin Dawar, and Afghan nationalist leader Ismail Youn on occasion of inauguration ceremony of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in Kabul, Afghanistan (2020)

The emergence of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), as an organized voice of educated and progressive Pakistani Pashtuns, was like a fresh breeze in the suffocating environment of Pakistani Politics back in 2018. PTM has been successful to disseminate awareness on the plight of the Pashtun community suffering from the scourge of war in Tribal […]

US Peace Deal with the Taliban: An Ethnic Dimension

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The US deal with the Taliban has had several dimensions but one dimension that is overlooked is the ethnic or tribal one. All sides involved in promoting the deal, have had an element of the ethnic contribution that facilitated or coalesced into a deal or in effect triumph of the Taliban and Pakistan. Firstly Pakistan, […]

Qassem Soleimani – a Villain or a Savior

Gen. Qassem Soleimani - Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP

Early on Friday morning, January 3, 2020, US rocket attacks in Baghdad International Airport killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Quds forces of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), with his small entourage. Among those killed was Jamal Jafar Mohammad Ali al Ibrahim, a.k.a. Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the leader of Kata’ib Hizbullah and deputy chief […]

US Deal with the Taliban will not Bring Peace to Afghanistan

Nine rounds of talks between the US and the Taliban delegations ended in early September in Doha, Qatar. According to the statements made by US envoy, the two sides are “at the threshold of an agreement.” US talks with the Taliban were part of an effort to facilitate US withdrawal from Afghanistan before the 2020 […]