Dr Manzar Abbas Zaidi
Manzar holds a PH.D from the University of St Andrew’s, UK, on the Transmigration of Radical tendencies from the rural to the urban mainstream, with context to the Taliban in Pakistan. Currently a Counter Terrorism Project advisor to the British High Commission in Pakistan, Manzar has till recently worked as the Director Counter Terrorism at the National Counter Terrorism Authority of Pakistan. He is a Senior Superintendent of Police, with extensive experience in Counter Terrorism in Pakistan for more than fifteen years in the capacity of working in Special Branch and as security provider to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, augmented by academic knowledge in the form of having completed his doctoral thesis about Terrorism in Pakistan at the University of St. Andrews, UK.
Manzar has an LLM (Masters of Law) degree in Human Rights and Public International Law, and an LLB (Bachelors of Law), both from the University of London. His Ph.D Doctoral thesis from University of St Andrew’s is on the Transmigration of Radical tendencies from the rural to the urban mainstream, with context to the Taliban in Pakistan. He has been a Lecturer of Policing and Criminal investigation of Terrorism at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.
He has extensive international experience in the operation of international law, especially in context to Balkans where he worked with the United Nations, and has been embedded with research institutions and international NGOs, primarily in the capacity of a senior research analyst and project manager for many years.
Manzar has been researching the emergence of Extremism in Pakistan, and has written extensively on the subject internationally. His expertise in research is Islamist discourse and the global Jihadist communication strategy and scenarios of Jihadist insurgency in Pakistan. He has authored three books on the phenomenon of Insecurity in Pakistan, besides having published in several international Journals about regional security, Talibanisation and politics in Pakistan. He has regular columns with two of Pakistan’s s leading English Dailies, The Dawn and Express Tribune (a subsidiary of International Herald tribune).