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Peace and Security.

Civil-military Imbalance and its Policy Implications

Year: 2012

Team Member: Ejaz Haider


Pakistan has suffered the negative political and policy-making consequences of military coups since the late fifties. Repeated military interventions have not only created a civil- military divide but also twisted the entire concept of national security. Even before 1958, the military had arrogated to itself the role of the state’s defence, both physical and ideological. It remains wedded to that concept to wit even as its power has declined over the past few years. The problem with the military’s unilateral and linear view of what is good for Pakistan is that it runs against the diversity of people that came together under a single flag in 1947. This divide has played a negative role in many areas and done immense harm to the very idea of Pakistan as a nation-state. Pakistan is situated in a tough neighborhood and cannot afford the reflection of the civil-military fault-line in the formulation of its security policy. But that has happened and the state’s strategic options have steadily reduced. On the civilian side this has resulted in apathy and an abdication by the civilian principals of their primary role in security policy formulation even during periods of democratic rule. Today, as Pakistan faces multiple external and internal challenges and threats, the despondency that informs the Pakistani state and society and makes it more difficult for the state to formulate a response, is largely underpinned by this divide. It is ironic, however, that despite this divide being the biggest security threat to Pakistan, not much quality work has been done in this area which could (a) develop a theoretical base for the problem; and, (b) make some projections on the basis of the theoretical understanding of it.

The panel discussion seeks to address the broader issue of civil-military imbalance, its impact on policy-making and a prognosis for the future. We will try and attempt to answer four broad questions, though the panelists may not necessarily confine themselves to these questions:

  1. Is there any difference in how the civilians and the military perceive Pakistan’s national interest?
  2. If yes, how does it impact national security strategy and other policies flowing from it?
  3. Can Pakistan expect to have a coherent policy, given various internal and external threats, if the civilian governments and the military leadership view those threats and the responses to them through different prisms?
  4. Has the military’s power declined in the past five years; if so, does it provide the civilian government to become more proactive or does it create a vacuum at a crucial stage in Pakistan’s life?

There will be two sessions of three hours each which will include both the retired and serving Army officers, notable journalists, academics, and policy makers who have previous practical or research experience in the issue of civil- military imbalance in Pakistan. The routable is the first in the series of two roundtables, with the second one scheduled for Nov-Dec 2013. The panel is organized in a core group that will participate in both the Oct-Nov and Nov-Dec roundtable, and a rotational group which will bring diverse experts in the two roundtables.

Ecology of Urban Violence

Partner: International Alert, London

Duration: May to October, 2013

Locale: Gujrat and RahimYar Khan

Team Member:  Mome Saleem, Seemi Bano, Sadaf Liaquat


Urban violence is not a recent phenomenon. It was a major development concern in the last century due to the rapidly growing urban population, high pace of urbanization and depleting natural resources. According to an estimate urban population is likely to increase around 50 percent in developing countries and 80 per cent in developed countries by the year 2030.

In Pakistan, social competition is evident from ever growing ethnic, religious and social feuds. Several ethnic, religious and social groups feel threatened by other groups hence leading to violence and crimes of acute nature. Frustration among youth on the basis of unemployment and lack of positive engagements within a community leads to engagement in criminal activities such as murder, vehicle lifting, mobile phone and jewelry snatching, cattle theft, bank robbery, kidnapping for ransom etc. The violence leaves psychological, social and economic impacts on the victims and its trickle down effect is also seen on the family and society.

The study aims to explore the dynamics of violence prevalent in urban centers of Gujrat and RahimYar Khan districts. It focuses on exploring the non-conventional linkages between violence and crime. It also focuses on repercussions and response of masses to gauge the resilience of communities.  The study aims at providing a credible data to the policy makers to not only better understand the dynamics of discrimination and crimes leading to violence in these areas but also assist them to tailor their strategies/policies according to the public needs.


  • To explore the perceptions of indigenous population, law-enforcement agencies, civil society, district government and advocates regarding the reasons of prevalent crimes.
  • To explore the impact of urban violence on the psychological, social and economic state of people
  • To know the coping mechanisms of communities
  • To explore nature of violence experienced by marginalized communities (women, youth, ethnic and religious minorities)


  • Primary data collection from Gujrat and Rahim Yar Khan
  • Longitudinal study from mainstream newspapers published from the two districts
  • Publication of a report on Ecology of Urban Violence

Peace and Conflict Zones

Peace and Conflict Zones funded by the Ford Foundation, USA and Pakistan Environment Program.

Study objectives

  1. To redefine conflict, conflict zones and security concepts in Pakistan,
  2. Challenging conventional peace formulae;
  3. To re-conceptualize peace in relation to everyday life as part of process of deconstructing and embedding the concept of peace in civil society

The major external threat perceived by Pakistan emanates from its eastern neighbor: the traditional arch rival, nuclear equipped India. The other increasingly consequential vein of conflict has been it’s relations with Afghanistan.

A substantial focus of the peace movement in Pakistan has therefore been India-centric. After Partition and its upheavals and violence, borders were sealed; the two countries have since then fought three direct wars, engaged in constant border skirmishes with thousands of civilian lives lost. The tensions have been accompanied by ‘protective’ measures such as mining of border territories, deployment of troops, policing of communities; orthodox education vilifying the ‘other’ and such. The balance of power solution touted has been nuclear capability.

With Afghanistan, Pakistan has oscillated between periods of disassociation, intensive engagement for ‘strategic depth’, respected borders and boundaries and intruded beyond, depending on a host of geo political factors. The post 9/11 security discourse in Pakistan has necessitated the closing of borders, immense troop deployment, while simultaneous overtures of solidarity with the new regime have been made. Meanwhile, under the umbrella of the War on Terror, the country has witnessed internal conflict and state sponsored repression and military operations. The emerging regional scenario has propelled the peace movement to respond to this increasingly militarized version of peace.

Similarly ethnic and sectarian militancy and violence within the country has been answered at the state level by arrests, detentions, court cases, banning of sermons, Section 144 (prohibiting public gatherings) and such measures.

In the face of geo-strategic and political compulsions and domestic power wrangling, the people who suffer in the conflict, directly and indirectly, have been rendered invisible.

There have been no moves to build a positive peace fostering plural values. The moves, so far, are aimed to minimize violence, not build peace. Peace is seen as essential for national security, for saving people from death, for investment, economic and trade ties, for continuity of governments. It is still not envisioned as important for normality and quality of life for all. There seems to be a limited understanding of what peace can and should entail and what formulas for peace should contain

The common understanding seems to be that since military and paramilitary forces fight wars, they and their instruments should govern peace as well; for example, UN peace keepers are in effect, an armed army. This militarization of peace takes on special significance in the current world order post 9/11.

Pakistan’s role in the war on terror and consequent actions of the State are largely predicated on the assumption that peace building is a compulsion of state and global states’ security. That it is a necessity for humanism, requiring all human beings to respond is still not understood. Against the backdrop of military operations, house searches, arrests, bombardments and elimination of terrorist bases and networks, the root causes of conflict, growth of religious right and fundamentalism and volatility of people’s sentiment are given little attention. A culture of peace remains the Holy Grail.


The study will undertake to question traditional notions of conflict and peace. It will seek to empirically prove summary observations of peace activists and the women’s movement; that that mere cessation of hostilities does not create peace and that peace cannot exist by default. In conflict, notions of insularity are imaginary. The battleground expands to encompass the community, society and country, making the frontlines a conjectural border.

In the first part, the study will analyze conflict zones and zones considered vulnerable to conflict. It will develop indicators for assessing the impact of hostilities on the ‘civilian’ community who may or may not be ‘active’ as ‘soldiers’. It will examine the emotional, psychological, familial, communal, economic and cultural opportunity costs of conflict, with reference to the human rights and entitlement framework. It would look at areas seen as vulnerable, cross comparing the two, and looking at the gains and losses of being on the ‘edge’.

It would attempt to draw out the ‘spill over’ of war into communities, examining the relevance of battlefront and home divide. The basic assumption that it will seek to challenge is the idea that there is a public private dichotomy and the war takes place in a public zone, a militarized, male frontline whereas the ‘feminized’ home is a safe, private, secluded zone, unless the enemy attacks it directly. The study will analyze this, through for example, seeing if a rise in external violence results in internal, domestic violence. And see how homes and communities become ‘militarized’ in response to external hostilities that they may not even be directly a part of.

It will reflect whether intrapersonal peace and inner peace is possible in a hostile environment, by gauging the mental health of communities in question, highlighting the dividends of peace.

In part two, the study will use the same indicators developed for conflict zones and test them in ‘non conflict’ zones. The premise here is that non-conflict zones suffer on the same counts, and that peace is as absent here as in conflict zones, and that these communities have also been militarized. The data will prove that people’s emotional, psychological, familial, communal and economic health are scarred even in areas deemed peaceful, with the exception of overt, physical impacts such as injuries and death from conflict, and consequences such as caring for the infirm and invalid. This will highlight that peace cannot exist simply if there are no violent hostilities.

It will examine what peace would mean in people’s lives and compare it to visions of peace of people in conflict zones. The study will aim to move the peace discourse beyond the current limited continuum of national security, illustrating the need for a holistic approach factoring people’s lived realities, showcasing peace as a process and culture.

Study Design

A two-part study comparing active conflict zones, zones vulnerable to violence and ‘non conflict’ zones:

Part 1: Conflict Zones

Active conflict zones Zones vulnerable to conflict
Gilgit Badin
Chakoti Kasur
Wana Karachi

Issues to be addressed:

  • Cost of conflict
  • Impact of conflict
  • Is conflict equivalent in human terms to threat of conflict
  • Who is on the battlefront Is there spillover in homes or does the public/ private dichotomy hold
  • Gendered perceptions of conflict
  • Who does the conflict serve and who suffers
  • What inner peace and interpersonal peace mean there

Part 2: ‘Non Conflict’ Zones

Possible areas
Urban: Rural: Tribal (spillovers):
Lahore Jhang Bannu
Dera Adam Khel

Issues to be addressed:

  • Similarities, consistencies and differences from active violence zones
  • Are there ‘non conflict’ zones
  • In the absence of formalized conflict, are they ‘peace’ zones
  • What are the perceptions of conflict Violence Threat
  • Are perceptions altered by gender
  • Visions of peace What does interpersonal and inner peace mean
  • Peace can be realized only through agency of state


Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation


Team Members: Syed Qasim Ali Shah, DR. Abid Qaiyum Suleri.


SDPI launched an appraisal mission with the objective to assist the WFP Country Office in formulating a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) document for 2013-15. The appraisal mission consisted of national and international experts on Food Security & Nutrition, Livelihoods, School Feeding Expert and Disaster Analyst.

The document was supposed to develop the rationale for a three-year programme as the most appropriate response to Pakistan’s challenges of maintaining social stability given the deteriorating  household food and nutrition security situation in the country due to repeated natural disasters  and the compounding effects of the war on terror, particularly in KP and FATA.

The document formulated by the mission refined the overall objectives, scope, size and geographical coverage based on empirical research, experiences and lessons from the ongoing programme in country and align it with the priorities of government, donors and the UN. Emphasis was laid on proposing strategies for the resourcing of the proposed WFP operation (resource mobilization strategy) as well as on food security and nutrition analyses.

Socio-Economic study of Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

Donor: United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR)

Locale: Various regions of Punjab including Peshawar, Baluchistan and Punjab

Duration:  1st June  – 15th October 2018

Team Members: Dr. Shehryar Khan Toru, Syed Mohsin Ali Kazmi, Rabia Manzoor, Ghamz e Ali, Maryam Waqar,Muhammad Shaban 

In the past decade, refugees have become the largest growing population of the world. Individual countries affected by refugees are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the influx. Models of countries that have dealt with mass inflow of refugees need to be studied and documented to inform the international community. Pakistan is a country that has continued to welcome refugees since its existence. Three episodes of influx of refugees in Pakistan must be considered for developing some understanding of states’ approaches to the management of refugees. The first episode can be recalled when in 1947 millions of Muslims migrated from India to Pakistan1 (Ahmad, 2017). Despite limited resources and external aid from Western Countries, the migrant community from India was integrated and humanitarianly assisted by the newly established state. The second biggest influx of displaced persons after the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. For various reasons, Bihari’s (the non-Bengalis) immigrated to Pakistan. The third and the most recent displacement was the influx of Afghan Refugees to Pakistan (Ahmad, 2017).
After nearly four decades of displacement, Afghan refugees continue to constitute one of the world’s largest protracted refugee populations. Whilst many Afghan refugees have migrated to different countries, Pakistan still hosts the majority of those who were displaced in the aftermath of 1979, the year in which Afghanistan was invaded by the Soviet forces. According to UNHCR, Pakistan continues to host 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees, in addition to an estimated over one million Afghan migrants. According to UNHCR (?), 58% of 1.4 million registered refugees live in Peshawar. By pursuing a policy of co-existence, state institutions have catered for the education, health and employment generation of Afghan refugees in different sectors. The UNHCR has been at the forefront of providing education and primary health care services to refugees settled in Peshawar, Baluchistan and Punjab (UNHCR, 2014). The emergence of security problems in Pakistan have recently sparked concerns over the repatriation of Afghan refugees, a policy adopted under counter-terrorism in the aftermath of the incident of the attack on the Army Public School and College (APSC) in Peshawar in 2014. The repatriation of Afghan refugees should not be solely linked to security as not only are they not involved in terrorism, very few are even involved in other crimes (Khan, 2017). Since the Afghans are living in Pakistan for nearly four decades, SDPI has undertaken this research study for UNHCR which attempts to shed light on the policy of hosting and socio-economic impact of Afghan refugees in various regions of Pakistan including Peshawar, Baluchistan and Punjab.
  • To assess socio-economic impact of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
  • To reflect on the process for lasting solutions for Afghan refugees, with focus on voluntary repatriation and sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan as the preferred solution.
  • Inception report incorporating analysis of socio and economic impact of Afghan refugees.
  • Carrying out an in-depth survey to explore perceptions of host and refugee populations concerning socio-economic impact of refugees.
  • Production of a short documentary of interviews of survey participants to be launched in the media.
  • Conducting awareness sessions through media outlets, print and electronic media.
Status: Completed

Security discourse in the post-nuclear phase in Pakistan

This component was conducted in two tiers. The first aspect focused on the training of young Pakistanis from various parts of the country in familiarizing them with the dynamics of South Asian security. The second aspect dealt with asserting ordinary Pakistanis’ perceptions about security issues facing the country. Along with young analysts, we held public focus group discussions with various strata of the society to gauge perceptions about national security.

Promotion of Dialogue for Peace Building through Media, Community leaders and Youth Mobilization

PartnerDANIDA and SFCG

Duration: August 2012 to November 2013

Locale: 25 districts of Pakistan

Team Member:  Mome Saleem, Adnan Talib, Muhammad Arslan, Kashmala Choudhry, Mikail Toru, Sadaf Liaquat


The widespread community feuds and chaos in the society based on religious, ethnic, societal and a class difference lead to violence and promotes negative attitudes among the youth. Considering the current conflict situation in Pakistan, SDPI established platforms/mechanisms for the youth, civil society, and local government officials to foster greater collaboration towards constructive dialogue and understanding of local conflict dynamics hence enabling tolerance and spirit of co-existence.

Click here to view Introduction to District Dialogue Forums(DDF’s)


  • To enhance the capacity and sustainability of Pakistani media electronic and print to play an active role in promotion of peace, tolerance, co-existence and harmony
  • To enhance the capacity of Pakistani youth and local leaders to explore issues affecting them through a constructive, solutions-oriented approach that is geared towards reconciliation and Peace building
  • To establish platforms and mechanisms for Pakistani youth, civil society, and local government officials to foster greater collaboration towards constructive dialogue, increased understanding of local conflict dynamics and issues of key importance to youth, thereby fostering increased harmony and tolerance across the country.

Pakistan Peace Initiative:

Pakistan Peace Initiative is a multilayered project, which involves three key components; (1) Media; (2) Youth; and (3) Local Leaders. Through the involvement of these critical stake holders the project aims to create connections within and across communities, and at multiple levels of society, particularly among youth constituencies, and will leverage the core strengths, reach and influence of the media, thereby opening doors to a national shift in the way conflict issues are perceived, while building a critical swell of informed support for change.

The study consists of four phases. In the first phase, baseline survey was carried out in the four provincial capitals of Pakistan and its report was launched in October 2013.

In second phase, mainstream electronic media anchors, youth, and community leaders from 25 districts were selected and trained on conflict resolution and peace building methods. Subsequently, the trained social capital called peace leaders were enabled to organize dialogues in their respective areas on real time conflicts at community level.  Later, the trained anchors and journalists from print, radio and TV produced and aired programmes on the outcomes of dialogue forums. The project was implemented through a consortium. In the last phase National Peace Summit was held to bring together peace leaders from across the country. The participants included 50 media personnel from electronic media, radio and press. Some 25 youth trainees and 75 community leaders also attended the summit. Besides sharing success stories, a petition signed by more than 700 people of different gender and age groups was also presented to policy makers. The Summit allowed the trained social capital across the country to develop a ‘Common Vision’ for future peace building endeavors. A network to promote peace activities in future was also developed with the stakeholders in a roundtable to share lessons  learnt a day before the summit.


  • Better service delivery and social justice equates peace
  • Quick and easy dispensation of justice and sophisticated mechanism for accountability of the policy makers


Muhammad BadarAlam

Editor Herald


Lecturer Fatima Jinnah Women University

Ahmed Salim

Senior Advisor SDPI


Lecturer International Islamic University Islamabad

Faisal Gorchani

Advocacy Coordinator SDPI

Col ZafarMahmood

National Defense University


Asia Rights in Crisis Coordinator Oxfam

Brig Yasin

Senior Advisor SDPI

Brig Shershah

Associate Dean NIPCON, NUST


Research Coordinator SDPI

Shakeel Ahmad Ramay

Senior Research Associate 

Sarah Khan

Senior Program Officer SFCG

Khalid Jamil

Executive Director , Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights


 Participants – Selected Districts




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Azad Jammu & Kashmir





North Waziristan




Perception Survey on Reconciliation in Malakand Division

Year: 2012

Locale: Six districts of Malakand division ; Buner, Malakand, Shangla, Swat, Lower Dir and Upper Dir.

Team Member: Mome Saleem, Sadaf Liaquat.


Malakand remained the most distressed area due to Taliban influence in Swat. They have established their own system of governance causing law and order situation there. After Swat operation, a large population of Malakand had to displace. The survey was carried out in six districts of Malakand division like Buner, Malakand, Shangla, Swat, Lower Dir and Upper Dir.


  • To establish a credible data that will help carry out the programme according to the  prevailing situation of the region
  • The data will serve as the first measure of the current status against which different achievement benchmarks will be drawn
  • To draw information that will assist the stakeholders, including UN and government, in developing possible peace & conflict scenarios for appropriate and timely response.

The survey was aimed at providing data analysis, impact and perception about reconciliation among the indigenous population of Malakand division. The survey will help the development agencies, government and other stakeholders to develop and implement informed programme in the areas focusing around reconstruction, conflict prevention and building sustainable peace.

 The survey explores the local understanding and perception of the people about conflict, impact that conflict has generated and the perception about reconciliation and sustainable peace within the society. It further gives an understanding regarding the local dynamics of conflict gauged through the field assessment and tools that help build peace in a social setting.


The findings from the field illustrate that the external forces were able to exploit the already unstable socio-economic state of the people of Malakand division. Female and the poor were denied the right to quality education. Moreover, the low level of education and understanding of religious dynamics led to flourishing of several fundamentalist ideologies.

Quality of health suffered due to lack of staff in public hospitals such as doctors and lady doctors for women. Justice was expensive, prolonged and unreliable due to corruption where rich and powerful influenced the decision.

Justice system such as Jirga was prevalent in the area where women did not get enough representation. Reconciliation is perceived to be arbitration among the two groups, however in case of Malakand the counter party for reconciliation is missing as the insurgents were not native and the land of Malakand was used to fulfil their interests and the interests of those who backed them.

However, to reduce the vulnerability of people and to sustain peace in the region, respondents indicated the dire need to address the socio- economic problems of people who were suffering before the conflict and bore the aftermath of the conflict. Poverty alleviation and access to speedy justice were some of the main issues highlighted by the respondents in all the districts.  Now, when the conflict has transformed, there is a need to address the issues that can lead to future conflict. These included ethnic and class differences, improving quality of education and health, provision of livelihood patterns especially for youth and women, giving rights to the marginalized such as women, social, economic and political justice, individual and social security for all, awareness raising about religion and ethical values, and giving opportunities to the youth for constructive use of their strengths.

Effects of Militancy and Impact Trend of Rehabilitation Activities in Malakand Division



Locale:Malakand Division

Team Member: Gulbaz Ali Khan, Fayyaz Yaseen, Muhammad Tahir Ali

Pakistan in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in particular witnessed a significant increase in incidences of terrorism and insurgency during the last ten years or so. However, these reached their climax in 2007 in the form of bombings of public installations, schools, places of worship and hospitals, and terrorism of all kinds. The epicenter of the catastrophe was the tribal areas comprising Malakand and Federally Administered Area of KP. The government first tried to solve the problem by negotiations with the insurgents but when failed in peaceful settlements, it had to resort to military action in the tribal areas to suppress the terrorism and rebellion.

Military action resulted in a mass exodus of population overwhelmingly within different parts of the province. The militancy and counter action by the army to repress insurgency inflicted human cost and material loss of great magnitude in almost all segments of the economy including governance and environment in these areas. These damages and the complexities involved in  militancy were on such a wide scale and intensity that the episode besides leaving many areas for research needed the assessment study to gauge the losses incurred and the cost of rehabilitation.

The government, therefore, had to seek the assistance also of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in April 2009 to assess the damages, rehabilitation cost and the strategies and policies to comprehensively address the issues responsible for the crisis. Both these organization launched two studies; the first one was to conduct the study on ‘Preliminary Damage and Need Assessment’ (DNA) with the primary objectives of assessing the damages in the sectors affected due to militancy along with its background and quantification of the immediate and medium term reconstruction and recovery cost in Malakand Division (Buner, Lowe Dir, Upper Dir, Shangla and Swat) of KP and two agencies of Bajaur and Mohmand in FATA.

While the second one initiated separately meant for ‘Post Crisis Need Assessment’ (PCNA) which deliberated on strategies to deal with the immediate post crisis transition and stabilization phase, medium term transformation as well as long-term institution building. The studies were undertaken on the basis of data provided by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and  the collaborative exercise accomplished by KP in the form of their documents i.e., ‘Malakand Compressive Stabilisation and Socio-economic Development Strategy’ and ‘Seizing Momentum Through CERINA: Early Recovery Priority Interventions in NWFP/FATA’. The DNA had mainly dealt with in detail the concerned subjects e.g., assessment of damages and recovery cost, amounting to US $ 227.5 million. The huge cost involved was that the militancy affected both the formal and informal sectors whose epicenter was Swat.

A number of national and international agencies came forward with programmes to assist with the rehabilitation of the affected and reconstruct the physical damages occurred in different sectors of the economy of the conflict ridden areas. The Strengthening Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) Monitoring Project of UNDP- Planning and Development Department, KP, therefore, contemplated to conduct a comprehensive research study to find out the effect of militancy and the impact trend of rehabilitation activities. However, since the crisis which affected tribal areas has many dimensions, it was not found feasible to measure the actual impact of interventions at this stage. It was, therefore, planned to focus research only on two aspects i.e. effects of militancy and trends of rehabilitation.


  • To empirically determine the effect of militancy on the socio-economic conditions in both the formal and informal sectors of Malakand.
  • To determine the impact trend of the ongoing rehabilitation activities against the baseline provided by DNA.

As per terms of reference provided by the sponsoring agency, the study limited its scope only to Swat in the sectors covered by DNA. As a part of research methodology adopted for the study, a thorough review was made of the documents available on the issue including the above mentioned policy documents and study reports produced by the Government of KP, World Bank and Asian Development Bank. To gather empirical evidences, the research team conducted household and establishment surveys, based on 500 samples besides covering the responses of 50 children as samples for capturing the impact of militancy on the child population. The data and information collected through focused group discussion, after being tabulated was analyzed in context of the policies framed by Malakand Comprehensive Strategy and PCNA to evaluate the efficacy of the on-going programmes for rehabilitation of those affected and to serve as policy guideline for future planning. The work was completed in all respects by the end of December, 2011.

This conflict has affected the formal and informal sectors of the economy and on the basis of secondary information it is obvious that all districts have been affected, however, as per the Damage Need Assessment (DNA), District Swat has been the center of gravity.

Focus is to empirically determine the effects of militancy on the socio-economic conditions and to determine the impact trends of ongoing rehabilitation activities in Malakand Division against the baseline provided by DNA report. The underlying objectives of the study will be achieved by employing both quantitative and qualitative tools.