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Muhammad Amir Rana is a security and political analyst and the director of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS). He has worked extensively on issues related to counter-terrorism, counter-extremism, and internal and regional security and politics. He was a founder member of PIPS when it was launched in January 2006 and had previously worked as a journalist with various Urdu and English daily newspapers from 1996 until 2004. He has given lectures at several universities and security institutes in Pakistan and abroad. Amir has published widely in national and international journals, professional publications and magazines. He writes regularly for Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English newspaper. He is also the editor of Pakistan Annual Security Report, and PIPS research journal ‘Conflict and Peace Studies’.


Safdar Hussain, nom de plume Safdar Sial, has been working with the Pak Institute for Peace Studies as a research analyst since March 2007. He holds a master’s degree in political science. His work focuses on conflict, insecurity, and violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan; regional political, strategic and security issues; and media and governance. He has published extensively in national and international journals and is a co-author of Dynamics of Taliban Insurgency in FATA, and Radicalization in Pakistan and editor of Critical Ideologies: A Debate on Takfeer and Khurooj. He is also associate editor of PIPS research journal ‘Conflict and Peace Studies.’


Mr. Ahsan Hamid Durrani is working as Manager Projects at PIPS. He is a social development sector professional with expertise in managing big donor funded projects, policy analysis, behavior change communication, research (both Qual and Quant) and analytical report writing. With a background in IR and Governance & Public Policy, he has a diverse experience of both public and private sectors of Pakistan. At PIPS, he is responsible for managing various aspects of programmes under the organization’s five broad and multi-layered thematic areas. He is a frequent contributor of articles to leading newspapers of Pakistan.


Shagufta Hayat holds Masters in Defence & Strategic Studies (DSS) from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She is presently responsible for managing operations and human resource in the organization. She has more than seven years of experience in project management field, including in communication roles, in several national organizations. Her areas of interest include peace building, conflict and security studies and women and youth development programs. She has co-authored papers on de-radicalization and contributed to several other PIPS publications. These include a co-authored paper, “De-radicalization: Approaches and Models” for PIPS Research Journal Conflict and Peace Studies, Volume 2, Number 2.


Hassan Sardar obtained his degree of MBA (Finance) from the Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad. Before that, he did his BBA (Hons.) in Finance from the University of Sargodha. He attended various workshops, seminars and conferences including USAID “Grantee orientation workshop” and “Operations Focused Training,” in Islamabad, and “Seminar on Dynamics of Youth and Terrorism: Understanding and Countering the Issue” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr Sardar is a development professional with more than 10 years of professional experience in the Gulf and Pakistan in various fields including financial management, human resource management and administration. He worked with many national and international organizations and successfully implemented many development projects in Pakistan. Besides it, Mr Sardar is an excellent team builder with strong communication skills. He is performing the core financial management function at PIPS. He makes decisions along with the management to ensure the PIPS objectives in line with the directions of board of directors.


Shozab Askari has been working in the field of content production, publishing and broadcasting, to the promotion of the cultural, political and social heritage of Pakistan. He has previously worked with Black Box Sounds, a well-known media house; as well as Sach TV, among other organizations. He has been involved in different projects on Countering Violent Extremism. His commentary is available on YouTube. He also writes for Dawn Urdu and Humsub and has taught two courses on Pakistan Studies as visiting faculty member at QAU. Shozab is Master’s in International Relations from National Defense University, Islamabad, and holds M. Phil Degree in Pakistan Studies from National Institute for Pakistan Studies Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.


Shafiq-ur-Rehman works with PIPS as Researcher and Assistant Editor. He also authored an Urdu book Political Islam and the Modern State. He has earlier worked with NUML, Islamabad. An M. Phil in Arabic literature, Shafique has also completed Dars-e-Nizami from Wifaq ul Madaris Al-Araibiya.


He is handling organizational admin related tasks, clerical support and maintaining archives at PIPS.He has also previously worked in several organizations at NRSP-Bahawalpur, PRS-Sahiwal and Khushhali Bank Bahawlpur.