It is stated that Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. This is due largely to the country directly bordering Afghanistan. Throughout the ‘war on terror’ Pakistan was a refuge for members of the Taliban. The Taliban offensive and the political upheavals shaking the country have led to ever harsher repercussions for journalists. More journalists have been killed so far in Pakistan than in any other country. There has been an upsurge in attacks on the media and press clubs in the tribal areas and sometimes in the big cities.
Facing the above challenges it is far too early to say whether the journalists in Pakistan will continue to work without special security arrangements for them by the government. However, among those who are working continuously under such fearful conditions and yet enjoying their professional obligations is Laiba Yousafzai.
Laiba Yousafzai gained her Master (MA) in Journalism and MA in English Literature & Language from University of Peshawar. She has an extensive background of print and electronic media where she worked as Programme Director, producer, scriptwriter and anchor with different National and International TV Channels including Current Affairs, Parliamentary News, Khost based local TV namely Ghorghst TV, Zuban-e-Khalq and Nan Saba on PTV Channels.
During this period, she continued to produce and directed about 350 programmes on various subject like social issues, literature, political and social discussion. More significantly, she has presented documentaries on Kalash and Ghandara Civilization in three languages i.e. Urdu, Pushtu and English.
While working for Community Infrastructure Project (CIP) she was engaged in 13 documentaries. She has also worked for Radio Pakistan, Radio Mashal, Free Europe, Pushtu Radio “ Buraq” and also worked with BBC during Floods in Pakistan as an anchor and editor.