Pakistan’s Parachinar Problem

Suba Chandran, D (2017) Pakistan’s Parachinar Problem. Rising Kashmir, 10 July 2017.


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Abstract: Not many outside Pakistan would have heard about the continuing violence in Parachinar – the headquarters of Kurram Agency in FATA. Ironically, even not many within Pakistan were aware of the extent of the problem. Until recently. But few individuals from Parachinar went on a dharna and made skilful use of the social media – to highlight their problems – both at national and international levels. End result: the Chief of Army Staff Gen Bajwa visited Parachinar town during early July and made few promises to the local community. Will Bajwa’s visit bring peace to Parachinar? Is the problem in the Kurram valley – related to terrorism as Bajwa has proclaimed, or that of sectarian which the State has been refusing even to acknowledge? Is Parachinar - case of Sunni sectarian militants in Pakistan, trying to exploit the current situation to their advantage, and target local Shia communities? Or, is the problem related to geo-political – that the Deep State in Pakistan wants to use the location of Parachinar (abutting three provinces in Afghanistan) to their strategic advantage? Clearly there is a problem in Parachinar. And then, there is also a problem of Parachinar vis-a-vis the Durand Line and its location bordering Afghanistan in FATA. The immediate problem however is related to high level of violence, that too recurrent, against the local shia community and state’s apathy towards it.
Item Type: In the Media
Subjects: School of Conflict and Security Studies > Security Studies
Divisions: Schools > Conflict and Security Studies
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 05:52
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 06:41
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