Rising Violence in Pakistan: A Complex Challenge


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When: Mar 11 2013 - 5:00pm until Mar 11 2013 - 6:30pm
Where: East-West Center in Washington: 1819 L St. NW, Suite 600. Washington, DC. 22202

Rising Violence in Pakistan: A Complex Challenge

An Asia-Pacific Security Seminar Featuring:

Najia Ashar, Senior Achor/Producer, Geo Television Network, Karachi

Nisar Ali Khokar, Special Correspondent, KTN News TV, Hyderabad, Sindh

Abdul Ghani Kakar, Chief Investigative Reporter, Daily Awam, Quetta, Balochistan

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(Left to Right) Najia Ashar, Abdul Ghani Kakar, Nisar Ali Khokar, and EWCW director, Dr. Satu Limaye (moderator)The story of violence and extremism in Pakistan is extremely complex, with many varying actors and motivations at play. Solutions are equally complicated and will not just involve combating militants in the frontier regions and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In an evening program at the East-West Center in Washington, veteran members of Pakistan’s media provided unique insight and nuanced perspectives on the reports of increasing violence coming out of Pakistan.

Each panelist was a participant in the East-West Center’s United States-Pakistan Journalist Exchange Program and offered on-the-ground perspectives from Karachi, interior Sindh, and Balochistan.

"We are living with a "9-11" almost every single day," said explained one participant "but we don't stop living." That was the take away point of the presentation of Ms. Najia Ashar. After describing causes and effects of the recurring instances of bombings, shootings, and other forms of violence in the port city of Karachi, she noted that "Life goes on in Karachi... whatever the situation we are willing to face it."

The panelists described these and other trends they are seeing as the country prepares for this important democratic political transition, demonstrating the complexity of the challenges facing the new government that will come into office in Pakistan’s historic upcoming elections in May 2013.

Najia Ashar is a senior anchor and producer in the news and current affairs department of Geo News, the most-watched TV news channel in Pakistan, at the Karachi station. She has hosted and produced several programs including Yeh Hai Pakistan, NAZIM HAZIR HO, Night Time Transmission, The Parliamentary Not Book, and Cultural Round Up.

Nisar Ali Khokar is an award-winning Sindhi journalist, author, and documentarian for KTN News. His coverage of human rights issues, child labor, religious extremism, water crisis, etc. (in the Sindhi language) have been made available to the public through his weekly column for Kawish, talk shows, radio programs, and documentaries.

Abdul Ghani Kakar is an investigative journalist in Balochistan currently serving as a chief investigative reporter for the Urdu language newspaper the Daily Awam and for its sister English paper, the Daily Public. His beat covers national and international political and social issues, and crime. He has reported extensively on the war on terror, suicide bombing, IEDs, and militancy issues in the region in addition to covering strikes on the Afghani Taliban and Al-Qaida with Washington Post editor, Mr. Willis Witter.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Grace Ruch
Phone: 202-327-9762