Rising Extremism in Pakistan: Perspectives from the Media


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Asia Pacific Security Seminar

When: Apr 11 2011 (All day)
Where: Washington, DC: East-West Center in Washington, Sixth Floor Conference Room


Mr. Muhammad Ejaz Khan
Bureau Chief, Geo TV, Quetta
Senior Correspondent, The News International

Ms. Mehmal Sarfraz
Op-Ed Editor, Daily Times, Lahore

Mr. Kamal Siddiqi
Editor, The Express Tribune, Karachi

Pakistani society is increasingly becoming radicalized. The determinants of the growing extremism and violence are both internal and external, including the controversial blasphemy law, conflict in Afghanistan, drone attacks in the border areas, and low capacity of the civilian government to provide services and maintain internal security. Three Pakistani journalists, Mr. Muhammad Ejaz Khan, Ms. Mehmal Sarfraz, and Mr. Kamal Siddiqi, will discuss how the growing radicalization of society is affecting media and freedom of expression. They will also provide perspectives on the role of media, both positive and negative, in providing information and raising awareness of this issue, and explore the challenges facing Pakistan and its civil society institutions.

Monday, April 11
5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Followed by a reception.

East-West Center in Washington
1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, Sixth Floor Conference Room*
This event is free and open to the public.

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Muhammad Ejaz Khan is the bureau chief of Geo TV for Balochistan, based in Quetta, as well as the senior correspondent of The News International. He has covered the US-led war on terror in neighboring Afghanistan from the Pakistan-Afghan border as well as the conflict in Iran. Travelling extensively throughout Balochistan, Mr. Khan maintains a strong affiliation and acquaintance with all the national, nationalist and provincial political leaders, as well as chief representatives of the tribal areas. He is also a recipient of the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz— a prestigious civil award from the president of Pakistan for service in the field of journalism.

Mehmal Sarfraz is the Op-Ed editor of Daily Times, an English language daily which is one of the most liberal newspapers in Pakistan; it is secular, liberal, progressive and pro-minority groups. Her work has focused on a wide range of topics, including religious extremism in Pakistan, terrorism, foreign policy, women's rights, and minority rights. Ms. Sarfraz is also the regional Joint General Secretary of South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), an organization which is committed to fighting gender-based violence and promoting women's rights in SAARC countries.

Kamal Siddiqi is the editor of The Express Tribune, a national English language daily that is published from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Previously, he was an editor reporting for The News International, a national English language daily published from Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, which is one of Pakistan's most widely-circulated English language dailies and is part of the Jang Group, Pakistan's largest media house. Mr. Siddiqi was responsible for the city pages from Karachi and the national business pages.

*Please note new office location.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Ms. Alison Hazell
Phone: 202.327.9752