Pakistani journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi who specialized in reporting from the Afghan-Pakistan border area and facilitated visits of foreign correspondents through his local contacts and by acting as a guide and interpreter gave a talk on "Turmoil in the tribal belt." Here is FOSA's announcement of the program.
TURMOIL IN THE TRIBAL BELT
Insurgency, Counter-insurgency and Women's Rights in Pakistan's Tribal Areas
A talk and documentary screening by
Khawar Mehdi Rizvi
Freelance Journalist and Documentary Maker from Pakistan
Khawar Mehdi Rizvi has reported extensively on the rise of radical militancy in Pakistan's tribal areas as an aftermath of the Afghan Mujahdeen's armed struggle to expel Soviet Union from Afghanistan--a struggle that was funded and organized by US and its allies including Pakistan.
Khawar will talk about the rise of radical Islamist ideology in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan & Pakistan, on the transformation of Pashtun society and comeback of Al Qaeda in the tribal belt.
"Silent Revolt" is a 26 minutes documentary produced by Khawar Mehdi which attempts to highlight the struggle of Pashtun women against the socio-economic discrimination and oppression of women in Pashtun society both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Sunday, April 13, 4:00 pm
PAKISTAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER
372 Turquoise Street
Milpitas, CA 95035
The event is free and open to all.