The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) materialized recently as a non-violent social movement for justice and civil rights for the Pashtun community in Pakistan. While this movement has been largely sidelined in mainstream media, it has gained quite the momentum among the younger generation of Pashtun activists who are now mobilizing supporters all across Pakistan. As a part of this panel, we aim to discuss the formation of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, its social and political implications and the central government’s role in aggravating the conflict. Our panelists will address these issues from both a foreign policy and cultural anthropology perspective and provide critical insight into the future of PTM while also advising on possible policy solutions to this pressing debate.
Dr. Muhammad Zubair
Independent Expert on issues relating to Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM).
Dr. Muhammad Zubair has recently graduated from the Center of Constitutional Democracy at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University. He also has an LLB, LLM and MA Political Science from the University of Peshawar. Before receiving Fulbright scholarship of for PhD studies in 2011, he served as assistant professor of law for ten years at the Khyber Law College, University of Peshawar.
He specializes, and has an academic and research interest, in areas that include ethnic conflict, social movements, design of the constitutional instruments, the history of constitution making, federalism, democracy and human rights – with specific reference to Pakistan. He regularly writes for ConstitutionNet (IDEA) on important constitutional developments in Pakistan. He is currently authoring a book: ‘Consociational Democracy: A Key to Resolving Ethnic Discord in Pakistan’