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The Pamir Institute is an activist research and publications group which aims at empowering the autochnous populations of “Bam e Dunya”, the “Roof of the World”. Its area of concern embraces the Pamirs from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Pamir has been, for a long time, a remote and a neglected High Asia region. However, its inhabitants are now facing fast and traumatic upheavals due to terrorist threat, Taliban submersion, Chinese expansionism and Pakistan external interferences.
This enforces the need for a transnational vision.

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Afghan Wakhan corridor: no Taliban violences but fragile survival and worries for the future

On December 13, 2021, we had a conversation with an Afghan citizen living in the middle of the Wakhan corridor. He says the situation under Taliban order is calm and safe. But he also describes the difficulties encountered due to degraded livelihood conditions. He shares his anxiety about the fact the current context does not offer sustainable perspectives for the future.

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Asad Wakhi, an Afghan young man, introduced to Pamir Institute a project about a primary school, 1 to 3 level. It needs support in one of the coldest places of Afghanistan. He transmitted us pictures that he took during last week of October 2021. Asad answered some questions from us. In this article, we will try to stay factual. Though, what is reported will provoke emotion for any normally sensible reader.

Rowrung primary school in Afghan Wakhan needs help

Asad Wakhi, an Afghan young man, introduced to Pamir Institute a project about a primary school, 1 to 3 level. It needs support in one of the coldest places of Afghanistan. He transmitted us pictures that he took during last week of October 2021. Asad answered some questions from us. In this article, we will try to stay factual. Though, what is reported will provoke emotion for any normally sensible reader.

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Régis Genté: “Central Asia is not an Islamist powder keg nor a radicalizing space.”

Almost two months ago, all of Afghanistan fell under the control of the Taliban, including remote areas where they never gained a foothold, such as the Wakhan Corridor. A specialist in Central Asia, Régis Genté, presents us how we could anticipate the possible repercussions of this event on the stability of this part of the world, as well as how we might assess its geostrategic importance, particularly concerning Turkey, a close ally of Pakistan, the major sponsor of the Taliban.

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Research Papers

Portraits, Wakhi in relation with other people of their areas

The origin of the less than 100,000 Wakhi people is Wakhan corridor from where they emigrated but also where they, sometimes, partly came back. Their movements are explained by religion changes (Zoroastrian, Buddhism, Islam), trade, pastoralism, wars (Chinese, Tibetan, Arabs…), oppressions from local rulers (Wakhan Mirs), or more distant ones (Badakhshan Emirs, Bukhara Emirs, Yarkand Khan…), Afghanistan’s harsh annexion with the Pashtun Abdur Raman, Russian and Chinese communism, etc.

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Other Publications

Should foreign travelers hide part of their Pakistan experience, in the interest of local populations?

In no country you can be asked so frequently a question like “What do you think about Pakistan?”. It is not an open question. The expectation is to hear the positive message you will deliver. But real life and real countries are more complicated. Particularly, when you have to talk about a state led by Imran Khan who waged months of a hybrid war against your homeland.

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Can we believe in what travelers say about Pakistan? Are they accurate, fair and independent?

Pakistan is a new eldorado for Vloggers and Instagrammers, especially young attractive ladies, who enjoy a support they could not find in other countries. Authorities and national companies find, here, an efficient PR tool in their attemp for creating a country new image. On their side, these travelers can enjoy a mass of followers they could not reach in other less gender seperated societies, offering them the precious status of “influencers”.

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Resources

As of January 12, 2022, Pamir Institute audience on Facebook is mostly composed of male citizens from Northern Pakistan while the biggest audience for the Website is in France . On Pinterest, Pamir Institute reaches, first, female users from the Indian subcontinent (Pakistan and India). Pamir Institute Twitter account owns and outstanding engagement ratio, but is slow in gaining followers.

Pamir Institute audience evaluation, January, 2022.

As of January 12, 2022, Pamir Institute audience on Facebook is mostly composed of male citizens from Northern Pakistan while the biggest audience for the Website is in France . On Pinterest, Pamir Institute reaches, first, female users from the Indian subcontinent (Pakistan and India). Pamir Institute Twitter account owns and outstanding engagement ratio, but…

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Wakhi people and Pamir life ex-libris

In this Ex-Libris are some selected readings about history, traditions, religion, way of life and geographical locations of Wakhi people in High Asia. It was prepared for the travelers who intend to visit the Gojal Valley (Upper Hunza, Pakistan) or Wakhan Corridor (Tajikistan & Afghanistan). It could, also, be a post-travel tool to organise ground observations and to see them in a wider perspective.

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