76-B, Nisar Road, Cantt
Mazher Zaheer, Program Officer
Heinrich-Boell-Foundation was established in Pakistan in 1993 and was the only office responsible for Asia. It was one of the first international offices established outside Germany. The head office at that time was based in Cologne, Germany.
Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung Pakistan also worked on issues of peace and conflict resolutions. Through art and culture we tried to build the bridges. We initiated the dialogue of Indian and Pakistani ex-soldiers. We not only did seminars and projects around Secular Democracy Dialogue but also engaged in dialogues with traditional groups like religious leader (Mullvis) in Pakistan, and Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka etc. We organized various project partner meetings, carried out Women and Religion Symposiums, and worked on issues of fundamentalisms. We also helped in opening a separate office in India and subsequently opening an office in Afghanistan.
The Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung Pakistan office has created a niche for it is very well acclaimed amongst the civil society, in women organizations, in peace circles amongst the think tanks academics, and cultural scene. It also has its popularity amongst the human rights groups. In Pakistan we had projects in the tribal areas FATA to the tribal areas of PATA. We did projects in interior Sindh to Southern Punjab. We engaged with the youth, university students to the academic institutions. We were involved with the journalists and to the leading lawyers of the country. We have national regional and international links and are a resource center for journalists coming from abroad, and regularly provide them with insights on the political situation and establish their links.