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PIPS team

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 the associate editor of PIPS research journal “Conflict and Peace Studies.”

Abdul Qayyum has been working with Pak Institute for Peace Studies since 2020 as Admin & Finance Manager. He holds master’s degrees in commerce and economics. Previously, he worked as Manager Finance and Administration with Punjab Commission on the Status of Women-PCSW, Govt. of the Punjab. His areas of expertise are financial management and administration.

In his role as IT & Event Manager, Hazrat Bilal is tasked at PIPS with project execution and IT management roles across multiple domains. This includes supervising IT-related project components and coordinating multifaceted team activities to ensure seamless collaboration and synchronization across different project areas. Furthermore, he plays a critical role in fostering cohesive teamwork and efficient task execution, transcending IT boundaries to ensure overall project success.

Hina Saleem has been associated with media, development, and national and international research organizations since 2010, when she completed her master’s degree in mass communication. Her areas of work and interest include media, governance, education, and counter-violence extremism. She has extensive experience in project management, event organization, and media and communication campaigns. At PIPS, she works as a Program Manager and also contributes to report writing.

Imran Mukhtar is a journalist and researcher, and works as Media Coordinator at PIPS. He has over 15 years of experience of reporting and field work in the journalism and development sector. He holds a master’s degree in mass communication with specialization in ‘print media and mass communication theory.’ He is also the alumni of ‘2012 US General Election Embed Program’ and ‘US-Pakistan Professional Partnership Program in Journalism.’
Imran has reported on diverse areas including security, politics, human rights, migration, governance and climate change. His work has appeared extensively in a number of local and international media outlets including the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF), The Times, The New Humanitarian, The Guardian and the D+C (Development and Cooperation).

Osama Ahmad is a graduate in political science from the University of Peshawar. In his role as a researcher and analyst at PIPS, he conducts field research, analyzes data, and contributes to writing and editing of reports and research articles. Fomerly, he served as a Program Officer at PIPS. Besides this, he is a freelance journalist and writes for The New Humanitarian, The Jamestown Foundation, South Asian Voices, FairPlanet, The Express Tribune, The News on Sunday, and The Friday Times.

Waqas Ahmed is Account Officer at PIPS. He has master’s degree in commerce. At PIPS, he deals with financial analysis, auditing, and regulatory compliance besides maintaining financial records.

Abdul Ahad Butt assists in the routine work of the admin section.