Abaseen Yousafzai

Abaseen Yousafzai

Abaseen Yousafzai is a widely recognized Pashtun poet, research scholar, literary critic, and columnist in addition to being a noted radio and TV anchor-person. He is the chairman of the Pashto Department in Islamia College, Peshawar. Author of ten books of Pashto and Urdu, he is the recipient of about 400 awards for outstanding literary and social services. He has been given the presidential award by the Government of Afghanistan for his literary contribution to Pashto literature, and won the best teacher award from the Teaching Staff Association of Islamia College University Peshawar. Dr Abaseen Yousafzai has recently accomplished a tremendous task of preparing the Pashto syllabus for grades KG to 12th under the auspices of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Directorate of Curriculum and Teacher Education (DCTE). Dr Abaseen Yousafzai has also been awarded Pride of Performance from President of Pakistan 2020 in recognition of his excellent performance in the field of poetry, column, research & criticism, tv, radio, stage anchor, and cultural activist. He has been contributing Pashto language and literature for the last 40 years, regularly along with different Pashto and Urdu newspapers, literary magazines and radio and TV shows. 

Abdul Malik Baloch

Abdul Malik Baloch

President of the National Party, a member of the Hooth tribe, Abdul Malik Baloch was the first non-tribal leader to serve as the 21st Chief Minister of Balochistan (7 June 2013–23 December 2015). He has been an MPA in the Balochistan Assembly thrice, and has also served as a senator for six years in Islamabad. He was a member in Nawab Akbar Bugti’s cabinet and served as a provincial education minister. 

Abdul Rauf Rafiqui

Abdul Rauf Rafiqui

Dr Abdul Rauf Rafiqui is Director, Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai Shaheed Chair, University of Balochistan, Quetta. He has been recognized by renowned research institutions for his research work on Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal and also been awarded for his literary work in Pashto Language. He has been member, board of governors, Iqbal Academy of Pakistan; member, board of directors, Balochistan Education Foundation; member, provincial review committee bureau of curriculum, Balochistan, etc. and has published 48 books in Pashto, Persian, Urdu, and English.

Abira Ashfaq

Abira Ashfaq

Abira Ashfaq is a faculty member at IBA and a human rights activist. She has fourteen years of experience teaching law in Pakistan and has practiced law for five years in the US where she defended people facing deportation for criminal convictions. 

Afrasiab Khattak

Afrasiab Khattak

Afrasiab Khattak is President Roshaan Democratic Institute. He is a former Senator of Pakistan and has served in several important positions such as Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Provincial President, Awami National Party (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). He is an expert of Afghan affairs; analyst of regional security, socio-economic cooperation; and a human rights activist. He is Chairman, Board of Directors Bacha Khan Education Trust Foundation. The Government of Pakistan awarded him Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civil award in 2010 for his services in the parliament.