Mona Naseer

  • TThe idea behind the merger of borderland (FATA) was to integrate the war torn and ill-governed periphery with the settled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and bring reforms to address serious issues of justice, land disputes and governance. However, the amendments and reforms started by the previous ...

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  • TThe 31st amendment of Pakistan constitution finally bought the border areas into the mainstream political and legal structures of Pakistan. The five million people of the area with an estimated 2.5 million women population in it have experienced the most traumatic and anxiety-ridden times during ...

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  • TSince the recorded history of human endeavours, women are often told that they are talkative and hold opinions about everything ordinary. Despite of this widely held belief, it is the men who are hogging the limelight on all platforms of human history. Like many patriarchal and misogynists ...

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  • TIn tribal Pakhtun society, the Jirga is a male congregation that deals with criminal, civil and family related cases. Most of the cases are determined with consensus and this has often been hailed as a cost efficient mechanism for solving every type of dispute. Unfortunately, the informal ...

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  • TApproximately 3.5 million tribal women of Pakistan living in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas remain invisible and disempowered in the proposed Riwaj bill 2017. Reforms proposed by the government that is now in the Parliament aims at changing the colonial “special status” and ...

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  • TPak-Afghan ties in recent years, particularly after the fall of Taliban and resurrection of democracy in Afghanistan, have witnessed the worst of times. Some of the current hallmarks of its relations have been the exchange of fire on its borders and the ultimate restriction of trade and goods ...

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  • TPakistan state apathy towards FATA’s inhabitants can be best summed up in these few words: degrading, indifferent, and downright subhuman.  The FDIHS, 2013-14 development indicator of household, which excludes North Waziristan, and parts of Khyber and Orakzai Agencies, best indicate ...

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  • TPakistan eviction drive of Afghans residing in Pakistan is yet another pathetic and dehumanising face of our country.  It’s a policy in shambles just like its foreign policy choices. After hosting them (albeit not for free, millions had been taken from international communities in ...

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  • TThe recent debates in the parliament on the reforms proposed by the government regarding FATA makes one thing very clear, that the political parties of Pakistan won’t shed the colonial vestiges, and the otherizing of the people of FATA. In Ilaqa ghair (the no-go area), revolting Qabail will ...

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  • TPakistan is an all-male state, which reflects in its politics, economics, legislation, culture and social ethos. It ranks at the bottom of gender equality and the fact that it elected the first women prime minister of the Muslim state holds no significance. Most of the Pakistani women are ...

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  • TWhile writing about FATA women and gender imbalance in the tribal society I have often been accused of being a bourgeoisie feminist or western NGO corrupted mind. Obviously my critics have not been reading what I have been writing about FATA, which has been about complete overhauling and disbanding ...

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