National Conference on Mainstreaming Tribal Areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Prospects And Challenges

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  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Area Study Centre, UoP

Jointly Organised by

Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar, and Area Study Centre (Russia, China and Central Asia), University of Peshawar.


Objectives of the Conference:

The conference broadly aims at achieving the following objectives:

  • To discuss the socio-cultural, economic and political opportunities that are created for the tribal people.
  • To debate and discuss the security, political, economic advantages that would be derived from the merger for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular and for Pakistan and the region in general. 
  • To deliberate upon the constraints and challenges which may hamper the mainstreaming of tribal districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa smoothly. At the same time, the conference aims at formulating recommendations/suggestions for overcoming these challenges.

National Conference Sub-Themes:

The conference invites papers on, but not limited to the following sub-themes:

  • Socio-Cultural Issues

Sub Themes

  • Cultural issues and mainstreaming of tribal districts
  • Participation of women in reform and development process
  • Role of International donors / NGOs
  • Repatriation and Rehabilitation of IDPs
  • Political and Administrative Issues

Sub Themes

  • Implementation of criminal-judicial reforms
  • Representation in National and KP Assembly
  • Local governance in tribal areas
  • Financial issues related to mainstreaming
  • Political parties and public opinion on mainstreaming tribal districts in KP


  • Security Issues

Sub Themes

  • Militancy and terrorism
  • Counterinsurgency operations and Conflict management
  • National Action Plan and tribal districts
  • Deradicalization of youth
  • Militant-criminal nexus
  • Strengthening Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Issue of border management and mainstreaming
  • Mainstreaming tribal districts in KP: regional security issues and dynamics
  • Mainstreaming of tribal districts and implications for Pakistan’s foreign policy


  • Economic Opportunities and Challenges

Sub Themes

  • Health, Education, infrastructure development and capacity building
  • Industrial Zone / Special Economic Zones under CPEC
  • Sustainable Development and Environment
  • Alleviating poverty and inequalities
  • Prospects for employment / Livelihood Development / Revenue generation
  • Skill development / Human Capital Development
  • Trade prospects, entrepreneurship and business opportunities
  • Role of private sector in economic development
  • New cities as engines of growth
  • Agriculture development
  • Tourism development
  • Water resource development and management
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Minerals exploration and development

Manuscript Submission:

Both Abstract and Complete Research Papers should be submitted on the following e-mail address.

Abstracts of 150-300 words clearly indicating title, objectives or research questions, methodology and theoretical framework, results or possible outcome along with a brief CV should be sent to via e-mail:

Important Deadlines:

Abstract Submission Deadline:                                 13th  August 2018

Notification of Acceptance:                                      20th  August  2018

Deadline for the Submission of Research Paper:      8th October 2018.

Conference Organizing Committee


Prof. Dr. Razia Sultana, Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar.

Prof. Dr. Shabir Ahmad Khan, Director, Area Study Centre (Russia, China and Central Asia), University of Peshawar.


Organizing Committee Members

Prof. Dr. Jahanzeb Khalil

Dr. Sadaf Bashir (Conference Coordinator)

Dr. Raza Rehman Khan Qazi


Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, LARAMA, Charsadda Road, Peshawar.
Contact No: +92-91-9224793 (ORIC)
                      +92-91-9224793 (Department of Political Science)


Area Study Centre (Russia, China and Central Asia), University of Peshawar.
Contact No: +92919216764

Note: TA / DA will be paid as per rules along with accommodation and nominal honorarium.