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Ayaz Wazir
Ayaz Wazir

  • August 15, 2018

    Fata’s future

    The election fervour in the tribal areas, now merged into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa without proper arrangements to replace the old colonial system, was...

  • May 05, 2017

    Mapping the future of Fata

    The conferences and seminars on Fata, that I have attended so far, have one thing in common: analysts from Fata are invariably outnumbered by...

  • March 02, 2017

    Stop profiling Pakhtuns

    After the tragic incident in Lahore DHA, the police not only arrested people who looked like Pakhtuns, but reportedly also didn’t stop the...

  • February 09, 2017

    Why make Fata reforms controversial?

    The long awaited Fata reforms have been made controversial. They were neither handled with due care nor in accordance with the well-established...

  • December 20, 2016

    Trust the people

    The schism among tribespeople on the integration of Fata with KP came to the fore during a seminar arranged at the Pearl Continental Hotel in...

  • October 20, 2016

    Injustice in Fata

    Why Fata has remained the ‘Federally Administered  Tribal Areas’ for so many decades is not difficult to understand if one looks in...

  • October 01, 2016

    Don’t blame them, talk to them

    The writer is a former ambassador. The five-member committee on Fata reforms has presented its recommendations to the prime minister; they are now...

  • September 25, 2016

    Waziristan: is anyone listening ?

    In a recently held press conference the military spokesman enumerated success stories of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, claiming that Fata has been cleansed...

  • August 21, 2016

    The Quetta tragedy: a wakeup call

    The Quetta blast deprived Balochistan of the cream of its educated people, many of whom had the intention and the potential of playing important...

  • August 09, 2016

    Improving Pak-Afghan relations

    When Dr Ashraf Ghani took over as president of Afghanistan he was perceived as the man to do business with since, unlike all others on the political...

  • July 31, 2016

    Fata: to a new beginning

    What the Viceroy of British India, Lord Curzon could not do in Waziristan we have now done with considerable ease. We did not opt for a patchwork...

  • June 17, 2016

    Will Fata always be Fata?

    The writer is a former ambassador. A lot has been written in the print and electronic media about mainstreaming Fata but nothing concrete has...

  • June 05, 2016

    New realities in Afghanistan

    The death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a drone strike in Balochistan near the border with Afghanistan has raised more...

  • May 12, 2016

    The Afghan peace process

    The tragic incident in Kabul on April 19, in which 64 persons lost their lives and 347 were wounded, not only derailed the process of reconciliation...

  • April 19, 2016

    Fata: merger or provincial status?

    The writer is a former ambassador. Whether to make Fata a province or merge it with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – these are the two options being...

  • March 27, 2016

    The future of Fata

    The tribal areas of Pakistan originally consisted of five agencies: South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Kurram, Khyber and Malakand. But Malakand...

  • March 04, 2016

    The QCG and peace

    The Quadrilateral Coordination Group , comprising representatives from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States, held its fourth meeting...

  • February 03, 2016

    Will Fata change?

    Why has Fata literally remained the ‘Federally Administered Tribal Areas’ for so long? What has prevented the government from...

  • December 13, 2014

    The sleeping fighter in Fata

    Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai made a hat trick by meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif three times in two

  • November 25, 2014

    Fata's voice

    "Fata has no voice" - this is what Governor Mehtab Ahmed Khan said at the time of taking oath as th

  • November 14, 2014

    Ghani’s test’

    Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the president of Afghanistan, will be paying his first visit to Pakistan i

  • November 04, 2014

    Peace in Fata too?

    Fata, which was once a part of Afghanistan, is still affected by developments in that country; whate

  • October 26, 2014

    The Afghanistan make-over

    Turmoil-ridden Afghanistan entered a new phase of its political life on September 29, 2014 with Dr A

  • October 09, 2014

    Waziristan forgotten

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was shown on TV on Eid day, touring the flood affected areas in Punjab a

  • September 17, 2014

    If the marchers were tribesmen

    Although unfair and untrue Fata has been and still is considered a place where the government has no

  • August 29, 2014

    The Afghan deadlock

    The recently held elections in Afghanistan, conducted in a comparatively peaceful atmosphere, were i

  • August 13, 2014

    What are we doing to Waziristan?

    The best way the war could have been won, without much damage, was to have empowered the people but

  • August 12, 2014

    What are we doing to Waziristan?

    Part - IWaziristan was divided into two units by the British for purely colonial purposes – to c

  • July 18, 2014

    Were things really so bad?

    Three interesting but important news items have appeared in the press in the last few days with rega

  • June 28, 2014

    Are they not Pakistanis?

    It was unthinkable to believe that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his political government would go

  • June 18, 2014

    Fata and the myth of joint responsibility

    Fata has yet to see and experience governance of the area by the residents themselves. The area is a

  • June 08, 2014

    Fata operations and the evolving situation

    Eliminating militants and militancy does not mean conquering Fata again and again. This has been the

  • May 20, 2014

    Fata: for a modest beginning

    Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, the new governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, visited Kurram Agency in Fata imme

  • May 13, 2014

    Governing Fata

    The governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, who had been chief minister and a sitt

  • April 18, 2014

    Why the duplicity?

    The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presented the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance t

  • April 05, 2014

    After the elections

    Afghanistan will be entering a new phase today when elections are held to find a replacement for Pre

  • March 21, 2014

    Talks with the Taliban

    Part - IIWe need to see how matters stood on the ground before 9/11. There was no army in Fata.

  • March 20, 2014

    Talks with the Taliban

    Part - IWhile listening to arguments on TV talk shows or reading articles of those favouring mil

  • March 05, 2014

    The wisdom of the tribes

    For the last seven months the nation was kept on tenterhooks by the government; being told that it w

  • February 07, 2014

    Will Afghanistan see peace?

    Talk of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan is not a new phenomenon; it has been there in one sh

  • January 08, 2014

    Understand, not punish

    December 19, 2013 will always be remembered as the darkest day in the history of North Waziristan. O

  • December 17, 2013

    Only visits won’t do

    The chief of army staff made brief stopovers at Wana, Miramshan in south and north Waziristan

  • December 02, 2013

    A long awaited change

    The moment many believe Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was waiting for has finally arrived with the cha

  • November 20, 2013

    For Imran to be effective

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his political party, the PML-N, won the May 11 elections on the prom

  • October 31, 2013

    Fata: revive the Malik system

    The manner in which matters are being conducted in the country in general and Fata in particular, wi

  • October 04, 2013

    Between militants and military

    I do not recall any topic having been discussed so thoroughly in the media over the last few years a

  • September 20, 2013

    Resolve, not resolutions

    The third all-parties conference convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took place in Islamabad on

  • September 09, 2013

    Karzai and the lost war

    A lot has been said and written in the media in Pakistan about the recent visit of President Karzai

  • September 04, 2013

    The Achakzai recipe

    The struggle for democracy has been going on since the creation of Pakistan but gets derailed for on

  • August 01, 2013

    Afghanistan: handle with care

    The Pak-US relationship has seen many ups and downs over the years, but not to the extent that was w