Farman Nawaz (Urdu: فرمان نواز); (born 5 May 1977) is a Pakistani columnist, blogger and teacher. Nawaz initially worked as a sub editor at Peshawar based provincial newspaper The Frontier Post. He regularly contributes articles to mainly English newspapers of Pakistan, China and Afghanistan. Nawaz writes against terrorism, extremism, and Talibanization. Most of his English articles are about Talibanisation in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But his Urdu articles are mainly about women rights and the status of women in Pakistan.Although he supports freedom of expression and criticized the attack onCharlie Hebdo but also targeted the dual standards of Western politics .He is an active critic of American policy of curbing terrorism but Nawaz also writes against the unwanted expediency of the regional countries.Nawaz openly expresses his views on media about the fears of Pakistani liberals regarding imposition of Sharia law in Pakistan and its consequences. Farman Nawaz is inspired from the liberal views of Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi and translated the Urdu articles of Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi into English. According to Jihad Watch Farman Nawaz was a witness of the second suicide bomber who attacked the Bannu district police officer in 2010.
Journalism Career: Nawaz contributed articles to Global Times China , Express News TV network of Pakistan,The Frontier Post, Statesman, Dawn, Aaj-Kal Lahore, Weekly Rutab Islamabad, Pakistan Christian Post, Pakistan Hindu Post, Asia Times Online (Hong Kong), Daily OutlookAfghanistan, Daily Pakistan Observer, Express Tribune (Blog Section). He had started an Urdu Weekly ‘Jirga Bannu’ (2013) and an English monthly ‘Bannu Chronicle but could not continue publishing because of financial problems. Currently he is running an online Urdu newspaper (The Bannu Times) for the Southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He is one of the popular writers of Express News (blog section) TV network Pakistan. Mr Nawaz is a well known columnist for Af-Pak region. His articles are included as reference to various reports and commentaries.
Anchor person: He worked for one year as Urdu anchor person on daily wages basis at Radio Pakistan Bannu. (FM 102).
Teaching Profession: Since March 2004, Farman Nawaz is teaching Pakistan Studies at Pennell High School & Girls College (Under Diocese of Peshawar, Church of Pakistan).
Education: Farman Nawaz has done masters in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2000 from University of Peshawar – Pakistan. He did his B.A. in political science and history from Islamia College Peshawar.
Nawaz supports religious liberalism in Pakistan.The Think Tank “South Asian Analysis Group” highlighted the work of Nawaz in its report “Identity Crisis and Political realities of Indian Muslims “.
Nawaz Urdu articles are mainly about women rights and status of women in fundamentalist societies.. He severely criticized theMurder of Farkhunda in Kabul.
Pakistan China Trade Corridor
Nawaz highlighted the controversial change brought by Pakistan government in the Pakistan China Trade Corridor route in 2013. His article “Proposed Sino-Pakistani trade route misses areas in need” was published in July 2013 by the state owned newspaper Global Times of China and later on by Express News TV Network of Pakistan and Daily Pakistan Observer.
Nawaz writes about Chinese investment in Pakistan and Afghanistan. and considers ISIS a potential threat to Chinese Investment in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Farman Nawaz wrote in favour of Kerry – Lugar Bill. His article “First violation of kerry – Lugar Bill” was added as a reference to the report (October 13, 2009) “Debating the Pakistani National Interest over the Kerry-Lugar Bill” compiled byThe Middle East Media Research Institute.
Nawaz is of the opinion that Malala would have gained more fame in Pakistan if she belonged to the province of Punjab. His opinion was not given importance by the mainstream media of Pakistan but his somewhat similar views in this regard were published by Daily Outlook Afghanistan.
Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
Nawaz strongly supported former president Zardari during the Memogate issue at a time when mainstream media of Pakistan and Judiciary of Pakistan were against Zardari.
National Reconciliation Ordinance
Farman Nawaz supported the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance of former president Pervez Musharraf. Nawaz also criticized the exiled leader Nawaz Sahrif for opposing the NRO. He argued that Nawaz Sharif also benefited from the ordinance during exile.
As against the tradition of Pakistani journalism, Farman Nawaz supports trade with India. He strongly supported the idea of giving road facility to the traders of Afghanistan and India to pass through Pakistan.
Polygamy and child marriage
His article “West imposes double standards regarding its own interests” published by Global Times China was widely criticized by protesters of Hong Kong. In his article Nawaz targeted Canadian rock band Nickelback for promoting violence in school children.
Nawaz wrote a satirical article about Hindu extremist leader Bal Thackeray after his death. Nawaz termed the death of Bal Thackeray as the death of a villain of the story of hatred against Hindus.