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30th Monthly Study Circle for Baacha Khan Fellows

Thursday, 14 February 2019 23:20
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BKTEF organizes 30th Monthly Study Circle for Baacha Khan Fellows

The Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation (BKTEF) held 30th monthly study circle at the BKTEF head office on February 9, 2019. The study circle was attended by almost 50 participants belonging to different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA including Peshawar, Mardan, Swat, Charsaada, Swabi, Shangla, Hangu, Dir, Waziristan, Khyber Agency, Mohmand agency and Tank. The subject selected for the study circle was a book 'Curfewed Night' by Basharat Peer.

Abdul Rauf talked in detail about the theme of the book. The book mainly revolved around repression in Srinagar, Kashmir. The first part of the book described indigenous culture of the region. The core part of the book started from the year 1987. The author of the novel was the adopted son of an officer in Indian service commission who described the atrocities having taken place in Kashmir in great depth. Basharat Peer has discussed a wide range of events in the region where happy moments were turned into dust and bloodshed. He also talked about inhumane tactics carried out by the authorities such as frisking(body search), PAPA2(interrogation center) and a variety of other subjects in his book.

The participants including Anwar Orakzai, Salman Yousafzai, Salma, Daud Afridi, Riaz Ghafoor, Saif Ullah, Imad Khalil, Momin Khan, Amjad Khan and Said Rasool Bittani had an elaborate discussion on the book. They were of the view that even though the book had been written on Kashmir, it applied completely to the region they lived in. They reiterated Awami National Party’s manifesto which stated that Kashmir belonged to the people of Kashmir. The participants maintained that, though there did exist similarities between the atrocities of Kashmir and Pashtun region, Kashmir and Palestine were still two steps ahead as their sufferings were internationally recognised but Pashtuns remained unlucky in this regard. They strongly pleased the need that the missing persons in Pashtun region should be convicted under law, rather than being punished behind closed doors. The participants were of the view that the repression on Pashtuns might not be generalized as human rights violation rather it might be seen as an ethnic genocide.

Dr.Khadim Hussain concluded the discussion on the note that violence was propagated by the state and the non-state in a two pronged way. First it was permeated in institutions like into the system of schools, colleges, hospitals and banks and secondly, it was embedded deeply in media, art and curriculum of our region. For this reason, he said, an entire system, tools and institutions were created. He said that killings were glorified in the name of “sacrifice” and violence was justified. Dr.Khadim Hussain pinpointed that according to the repressive narrative the freedom of movement was made conditional, dependant and contingent upon "national interest" defined by the powers that be. He said that religion too also used for power interest and profiling of certain ethnicities was justified.

He further talked about the impacts of violence i.e.; fear, loneliness and alienation. Dr.Khadim Hussain said that tyranny was carried out for three main reasons; 1) Either the person/State carrying out tyranny took joy from the hurt and destruction caused; 2) Revenge was sought by the tyrant; 3) He/State wanted to take control of the narrative, intellect and body of the other entity.

He maintained that the solution to such prevailing situation remained in carrying out political dialogues. He said that national dialogue contributed to civilized dialogue.

The next study circle was decided to be held on March 9, 2019. The topic selected for the coming study circle was a collection of short stories "Rishey" by Hamayoon Masood.

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