Pakistan Terrorism Survivors Network

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Athar Waheed

Joined Dec 2 2013
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I am working on a research project on Victims Services for Victims of Terrorism in Pakistan in collaboration with International Victimology Institute, INTERVICT at Tilburg University, Netherlands. Victimology is an interdisciplinary subject that deals with causation, process and consequences of victimization in crime and abuse of power. After completion of my studies at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, I joined Police Service of Pakistan and served in various positions in different parts of the country. I have witnessed worst form of victimization in crime, terrorism and abuse of power. In 2006, I completed MSc. Criminology at LSE, U.K but my academic interests changed after attending an international seminar on victimology at United Nations Far East Institute of Crime Prevention, UNAFEI, Japan. Now, I have a passion to introduce this demanding subject in Pakistan. We do not have a single text yet written on this subject and there is not a single national institution working on victim’s issues of compensation, restitution, protection, participation, medical health , resettlement and much more to see the faces and feelings behind the often quoted statistical numbers of human casualties and injured by acts of terrorism. We have laws to protect criminals and terrorists but do not have basic instruments for victims’ rights.

Here, I should appreciate the efforts by Mr. Tahir Wadood Malik to start with a network for survivors/ victims of terrorism in Pakistan but a lot of work is yet pending. Almost all developed or even some developing countries have victimological forums to record the counter- narratives by victims.

Let us speak truth to terror with him.


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Reply Athar Waheed
3:39 AM on December 7, 2013 
I propose National Symposium for the Victims of Terrorism in Pakistan in the first quarter of next year. We can call some of victims to express their concerns and problems. At the same time, we can introduce some basic victim services. We have to raise the voice of unheard. We can also invite all the concerned stake -holders to fomulate basic policy guidelines for better services to such victims in Pakistan.
Reply PakTSN
1:17 AM on December 3, 2013 
welcome to PakTSN
thank you athar waheed, for joining and telling us about your work and interests. if you are in islamabad, let us meet and talk about how we can work together and take this network forward.

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