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Shireen Mazari

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Profile
Shireen Mazari is a Pakistani academic, defence analyst, journalist and politician.

Short Introduction
She is currently working as the editor of the daily The Nation newspaper and as the Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf political party. She has also served as the Director General of The Institute of Strategic Studies, a think-tank based in Islamabad and was until recently a regular columnist at the daily The News International. She has been nicknamed the "Lady Taliban" for her outspoken anti-American views and conspiracy theories.

Family

She is the daughter of Sardar Ashiq khan Mazari

Education
She received her B.Sc (Honours) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Ph.D in Political Science from Columbia University, New York.

Career

Academic career

Mazari formerly was an Associate Professor and then Chairperson of the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

The Institute of Strategic Studies

She served as the Director General of The Institute of Strategic Studies, a research think-tank based in Islamabad until 2008. She was removed from this position in May 2008 before the end of her contract in August 2009, supposedly at the insistence of the United States, a point Mazari maintains despite United States denials. Former Foreign Secretary Ambassador Tanvir Ahmad Khan replaced her.

Journalist and editor

Weekly Pulse

She was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Pulse, from 1993 to 1999.

Regular columnist of "The News International"
 

She has also stayed as a regular columnist for The News International newspaper, writing for the daily as recently as 3 September 2009. She left the paper claiming American intrusion.

Editor of  "The News International"

Barely four days after leaving The News, she was offered the editor position at The Nation. She took over this position on 7 September 2009.

Political career

She joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on 25 November, 2008 after a meeting with the Chairman of the party, Imran Khan.

She is a vocal critic of the United States policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mazari said her life has been under threat adding that the Minister of Interior and US diplomats will be responsible if anything happened to her.

Books
* Pakistan's Lesson from its Kargil War: An Analysis (1999)
 
 
 
 
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