GINI seminar held at University of Peshawar

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The findings of a research project undertaken by the Governance Institutes Network International (GINI) to explore the link between mis-governance and radicalization in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were shared with the participants of a seminar here Friday.

The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Peshawar collaborated with GINI to organize the well-attended seminar titled “Mis-governance-Radicalization nexus in Pakistan.” Governor Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa, Engineer Shaukatullah, who was chief guest at the event, in his remarks said there was a need for such studies and seminars to throw light on the issues in Fata, KP and other areas so that policies could be made and measures undertaken to rectify the situation. He said he didn’t want to defend the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), but any changes being contemplated should be done gradually to avoid complications. “There will be agitation if grievances aren’t addressed. There is need for transparency and good governance. We ought to segregate the oppressed from the oppressor,” he remarked.

The Governor said he believed in one country, one law but in case of Pakistan there were many laws in force. He felt Fata should receive more attention and funds to prevent those with vested interests to exploit the situation. He added that peace talks with the militants under the Constitution were also aimed at stabilizing the situation.

Daniyal Aziz, adviser to GINI, also highlighted certain points in the research project and answered questions from the audience. University of Peshawar Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Rasul Jan, Dr Qibla Ayaz, Dr Hussain Shaheed Sohrawordy, Rahimullah Yusufzai and the university teachers also made observations and comments on the project.

GINI’s Osama Bakhtiar Ahmad presented the findings of the research project in which 2,000 citizens, including 800 in KP and 600 each in Fata and Malakand division comprising Pata, were asked a set of questions. He said the findings showed that support for militancy in Fata was driven by three significant predicators, including size of landholding as individuals with larger land holdings were less likely to back militancy, monthly income as those with higher incomes were also less likely to support militancy, and protection of rights as people who feel their rights ranging from security of life, property and dignity to freedom of expression and basic necessities like food, clothes and shelter were also less likely to back militancy. It was noted that governance failures had given rise to support for militancy.

Source: The News.