Pakistani-American journalist to moderate US presidential debate

mna Nawaz of PBS Newshour speaks during the PBS segment of the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (AFP/File)
Updated 08 December 2019

Pakistani-American journalist to moderate US presidential debate

  • Nawaz will be co-hosting the program with a PBS veteran on December 19
  • Won the Peabody Award for her story on the global plastic problem earlier this year

ISLAMABAD: Another member of the Pakistani diaspora in the US made history with journalist Amna Nawaz becoming the first South Asian American to moderate the US presidential debate on December 19.
Nawaz will be co-moderating the process with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor, Judy Woodruff, at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Sara Just, executive producer of PBS NewsHour, made the announcement on November 27.
Woodruff will lead the panel which includes Politico’s chief political correspondent, Tim Alberta, and PBS NewsHour White House correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor.

Amna Nawaz is the first South Asian American journalist to be selected to moderate a US presidential debate. 17th August, 2019. (Enoch Chan, Amna Nawaz Instagram)

Nawaz, 40, who is originally from the state of Virginia, has a decorated and impressive career as a journalist. She is the senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor on PBS NewsHour, and has been with the organization since April 2018.
Earlier this year, she won the Peabody Award for her reporting on the global plastic problem which NewsHour ran as a series.
Prior to joining NewsHour, Nawaz worked as an anchor and correspondent with ABC News.
Her beat covers politics, foreign affairs, education, climate change, culture and sports.
At ABC, Nawaz covered the 2016 US presidential elections, and has reported on President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
She’s also the founder and the former managing editor of NBC’s Asian American platform.
On being an Asian American voice from the largest growing population in the USA, and being the first of many things Nawaz told Jade “I’ve had people make assumptions about me – because I’m a woman, because I’m Asian, because my family’s from Pakistan, because I’m Muslim – but I can’t control what others think. All I can do is bring my whole self to this job, to report the stories as I see them, and try to treat others’ stories with the same care and respect I’d want someone to treat mine.”

Police detain Pakistani activists protesting PTM leader’s arrest

Updated 28 January 2020

Police detain Pakistani activists protesting PTM leader’s arrest

  • Lawmaker Mohsin Dawar and other activists of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement arrested as they demonstrated in Islamabad
  • The protests were against Monday’s arrest of PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen who is now charged with ‘sedition’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani police on Tuesday arrested activists and lawmakers protesting the arrest of the leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), local media said.

Lawmaker Mohsin Dawar, along with several activists of PTM, were taken into police custody as they demonstrated outside the National Press Club against Monday’s arrest of Manzoor Pashteen, the movement’s leader.

Local media footage and videos circulating on social media showed police arriving at the protest site and rounding up demonstrators. One video showed Dawar in a policeman’s chokehold as another shouted: “Take them away!”

Kohsar police Station House Officer (SHO) Akhtar Ali told local Dawn TV channel that fifteen member of the PTM, including Dawar, had been taken to Kohsar police station from outside the National Press Club in Islamabad.
Pashteen was arrested by police from Peshawar in the early hours of Monday on a number of charges, including “sedition,” a senior police official of Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa told Reuters.

PTM campaigns against alleged extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of Pashtuns and other ethnic minorities.

It emerged in 2018 after the killing of an ethnic Pashtun man by police in the port city of Karachi. That killing led to nationwide protests and turned the issue of alleged state violence against Pashtuns into a national debate.

The Pakistani military accuses the PTM of being funded by foreign enemies India and Afghanistan. The PTM denies foreign links.

Many of PTM’s supporters are ethnic Pashtuns who hail originally from areas bordering Afghanistan, which has been the center point of a long insurgency by Taliban and other militants and subsequent operations by the Pakistani military. Millions of people from the area have been displaced due to the operations.

Two members of the PTM, including Dawar, are elected lawmakers and were arrested under anti-terrorism laws and detained for close to four months after a deadly clash between troops and activists at a security post in northern Pakistan in May last year.