Book Launch: Breach of Trust by Michael Semple

Pattan in association with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES – a private German NGO) launched “Breach of trust: People’s experiences of the Pakistan floods and their aftermath, July 2010 – July 2011” written by Michael Semple, at 2:30 pm, today i.e., Thursday September 29, 2011 at Crystal Ball Room, Marriott Hotel, Islamabad.

Pattan is a registered not-for-profit organization and works with the socially, politically and economically marginalized communities in Pakistan, with a focus to perk up governance deficiencies in Pakistan and encourages a collective feat for policy and structural change through mobilization and institutional development, networking and advocacy, capacity building and awareness. awareness is strived towards through theatre and cultural events. (http://www.pattan.org/)

Pattan’s “Citizen’s Charter for Sustainable Rehabilitation of Flood Affectees” can be downloaded by checking the below mentioned link –


Other Research & Publications can be downloaded from the following link –

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is a private German political non-profit oriented public-interest institution committed to the concepts and basic values of social democracy. Its efforts focus on cooperation for socio-political and economic development, international dialogue and political education. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has activities in more than 100 countries andoffices in about 90 countries. The Pakistan Office cooperates with Pakistani partners in the fields of conflict management, transition to democracy, industrial relations and regional dialogue. (http://www.fespk.org/)

FES provides access to many useful co-funded or co-published reading material through its website on various topics. Here is the link –

Michael Semple was a fellow in the Sate Building and Human Rights, Afghanistan Pakistan program from 2009-2011 and is continuing his work at the Carr Center this academic year independent of that program, which is no longer active. Michael is a leading expert on the Taliban, the Pashtun tribes and Afghan politics. He has worked in Afghanistan since 1989, most recently as Deputy to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan, and has inter-acted with leading figures in the succession of Afghan regimes, and the different armed movements which have campaigned against them. He is recognized internationally as a key proponent of political approaches to dealing with the conflict in Afghanistan, including “talking to the Taliban”. His experience as development worker, political officer and conflict negotiator give him an unparalleled network into most elements of Afghan and Pakistani society. Michael’s understanding of Afghan political history and current Afghan political strategies, combined with an international community insiders perspective and access to politicians on all sides of the debate give him a unique ability to advise on the development of a realistic political strategy for a more stable and prosperous Afghan future.
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  3 comments for “Book Launch: Breach of Trust by Michael Semple

  1. alqaria@gmail.com'
    whh
    September 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Very nice Sensei!

  2. mail@rakha.org'
    May 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Mr. Massod Ashraf Raja,

    I appreciate your work.

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