Tag Archives: Pakistani peacebuilding

Updating Jirga

New Purposes for Old Tradition Ali Gohar, MA ’02, is working to update the traditional system of jirga in the border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He believes passionately in the core function of jirga, whereby certain elders are recognized in their communities for their wisdom and ethics; these elders gather to make community-wide decisions, resolve problems, ...More

The Pakistanis: Persisting Despite Despair

We need to change the psyche and attitudes of people. –Nadeem Masih, Executive Director, Human Welfare Organization The 15 Pakistanis who responded to a January 2010 query from Peacebuilder magazine did not mince words: Conditions in their country are spiraling downward. “If a day passes by without a bomb blast or a suicide attack, that becomes ...More