The Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM) is a youth-led nonviolent resistance campaign for human rights for the Pashtun people in northwestern Pakistan. This movement is reminiscent of Pashtun historical icon Bacha Khan’s organizing nonviolent action for justice in Pakistan’s past. How are these young Pashtuns differentiating themselves from violent religious extremists (e.g. Taliban Movement) and resisting government repression and mistreatment through nonviolent resistance activities? How do they develop and use nonviolent strategies and tactics in their protests and actions? How do they engage supporters and opponents of the movement? How do they manage funding and media coverage of their activities? The study seeks to answer these and other questions questions via relevant field research and data collection.
About the Author:
Dr. Qamar Jafri holds a PhD in Sociology from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University Australia. His PhD research focuses on identity conflicts, civil society, civil resistance, human rights, and nonviolent strategies for peacebuilding. He is the recipient of the 2017 RMIT PhD scholarship and a 2018 ICNC rapid research and data collection fellowship on civil resistance. He has worked for more than ten years in education, research, and the non-profit sector in Pakistan.