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The Herald live blog

April 15, 2012


On April 16, Monday, the Herald has invited Malik Mohammad Iqbal and Muhammad Amir Rana to conduct a live blog about sectarian violence, its causes, effects and the groups and individuals involved in it. We invite you to pose your questions to our experts in either of the two time-slots.

April 16, 7 pm to 8 pm (PST) Muhammad Amir Rana is a security analyst and the director of the Pak Institute for Peace Studies, an independent Islamabad-based think tank. He has worked extensively on issues related to counter-terrorism, counter-extremism, and internal and regional security and politics.  He has also worked as a journalist with various Urdu and English daily newspapers between 1996 and 2004. He is the editor of Pakistan Annual Security Report, English research journal Conflict and Peace Studies and Urdu monthly magazine Tajziat.

April 16, 9 pm to 10 pm (PST) Malik Mohammad Iqbal joined the Police Service of Pakistan in 1976. During his career, he held important positions at the hotspots of sectarian violence across Pakistan; as Capital City Police Officer in Lahore and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in Gujranwala, Multan and Karachi. He also headed the Punjab Police’s special branch before becoming the Inspector General of Balochistan Police and then the Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency. His last assignment has been as the head of the National Counter-Terrorism Authority.

Questions can also be e-mailed beforehand to