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Ms. Gulalai Ismail, Pashtun human rights activist, speaking during EFSAS Webinar on the rise of PTM


Ms. Gulalai Ismail, a forefront Pashtun human rights activist, Chairperson of the Aware Girls and the Seeds of Peace Network. As the recipient of the International Humanist of the Year Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and of the Foundation Chirac Peace Prize for the Prevention of Conflict, she deliberated upon the long history of oppression that the Pashtun people have been suffering at the hands of the Pakistani State. As she explained, the war on Pashtun identity has been as old as British colonisation, since the British engaged with the population in order to fulfil their own objectives vis-à-vis the strategic location of the community that acted as a buffer zone in the ‘Great Game’ for Afghanistan against the Russian Empire.


Ms. Gulalai Ismail speaking during the Webinar, ‘The Pakistan Experiment: State Oppression, Terrorism and the Rise of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM)’.


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