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No liberty without equality

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur • April 21, 2018

Never had so much tears been shed in a rally like the tears shed that day. Families of missing persons joined the rally hoping that Manzoor Pashteen will somehow recover their lost siblings. It was amazing to see so much hope in those sleepless eyes.

De GULLUNO NANDARA (Festival of Flowers)

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur • April 18, 2018

Till militancy ruined the beautiful Tochi valley, there were flowers all around in spring, in the fields, in the hills and the valleys beyond the hills. This was the time for the festival of flowers, De Gulluno Nandara.

Mazar-i-Miramshah

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur • March 31, 2018

What are the tribal people returning home to?
Visiting Miramshah was like visiting a graveyard. It was remodelled, clean and spacious, but without hope and happiness — like a grand mausoleum teeming with long-suffering humanity. On my way back I wondered if it should be renamed Mazar-i-Miramshah.

The Only Way Out

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur • August 9, 2017

Militancy cannot be fought by the army alone; to fight militancy the two primary areas for interventions are education and creating economic opportunities.
Poverty and lack of opportunities has stifled the education system in FATA.

Cheegha 2, Azghana Karkha

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur • May 23, 2016

Azghana Karkha is a call to all Pukhtuns, especially tribal to unite under the banner of Cheegha against tyranny of terrorists and their friends and supporters.

Waziristan IDPs- Lessons learnt

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur • May 20, 2016

Sufi Mohammad (TNSM) was created by the government to dilute power of Pakistan Peoples Party in Dir, Mangal Bagh was created by Political administration to dilute the powers of Barra Committee, Taliban were created to bring peace in Afghanistan. Each one of them turned their guns against the government at some point in time, what’s so different about LeJ, LeT, JuD and others?

Position of weakness

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur • May 16, 2016

As political leaders in Islamabad celebrate a consensus decision to speak to the Taliban and give peace a chance, the people who have suffered at the hands of militancy in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA are wary.

Understanding Waziristan’s Agony

By admin • May 13, 2016

A new book captures the pain civilians have endured in Pakistan’s Waziristan tribal region, where thousands have been killed and millions displaced in a convoluted conflict that saw thee region’s tribal society decimated by radical Islamists and security forces.

Mother’s Day-Tribute to all mothers

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur • May 10, 2016

A remarkable woman, I saw her strong and graceful while sending Baba to war and I saw tears in her eyes when I was leaving for hostel. I saw her firing a gun when Baba returned from Hajj and I saw her slaughtering a sheep when unexpected guests arrived.

Dum- Drum beaters mystery

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur • May 6, 2016

The Dum is not just a person, he is an institution and that is why he deserves a special mention and a need to be known better. Second only to Mashar, is the role of Dum. He is a caretaker, a barber and a cook inside the house, a messenger and an ambassador in his own right; an announcer of the first response and a social mobilizer outside the house.