EVENT: Pakistan’s Balochistan Conflict: Causes and Implications
The National Endowment for Democracy
Cordially invites you to a brownbag panel discussion
Pakistan’s Balochistan Conflict: Causes and Implications
Dr. Quratulain Bakhteari
Mr. Malik Siraj Akbar
Friday, March 2, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
7th Floor Multi-purpose Room
1025 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhteari grew up in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Karachi after the creation of Pakistan in 1947. After completing her B.A. degree, she helped new refugees coming from Bangladesh by providing them with basic health care and education. She established 2,000 government girls’ primary schools in rural Balochistan, resulting in the enrollment of 200,000 girls — a record in Pakistan’s history. With the help of the Asia Foundation, she formed the Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP) in 1999. From 1992-1997, she designed and promoted a method of educating girls in Balochistan, called the Community Support Progress (C.S.P) which became the official policy for girls education in Balochistan. Along with UNICEF, Dr. Bakhteari mobilized 5,000 families and constructed household latrines, a practice which has now become a basic sanitation policy for the low-income population in Pakistan. She earned a Masters degree from Karachi University and later completed her Doctorate from University of Technology in Loubrough, England. She has been recognized as a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
Mr. Malik Siraj Akbar is an award-winning Pakistani journalist affiliated with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as a Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow. The founding editor of the Baloch Hal, Pakistan’s first online local newspaper, he has served as the Balochistan bureau chief of the Daily Times, Pakistan’s leading English-language newspaper (2006–2010), and as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Arizona State University (2010–2011). A recognized regional expert, he is the author of The Redefined Dimensions of the Baloch Nationalist Movement (2011), as well as numerous articles on press freedom, human rights, religious radicalism, and the war on terror in Pakistan. Malik’s articles are published in Huffington Post, Foreign Policy Blogs, the Times of India, the Hindu, Dawn, the Friday Times, The News on Sunday and Express Tribune.