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"Pakistan till now has been faced with two options, either a sold out democracy or martial law . Neither works. The power lies with the people of Pakistan. It is time to reclaim control and ownership of Pakistan."

Atiya Khan
Founder of 3rd Option

Learn more about Atiya Khan and her struggle to bring peace and justice to Pakistan

Atiya Fatima Khan is the founder of 3rd Option, a civil society movement established to promote cooperation and national consensus. Through this initiative, she aims to provide a platform for national reconciliation and consensus for massive institutional and constitutional reforms. She calls upon the people of Pakistan to take ownership of their country and create a new and viable mandate, backed by the armed forces, to bring a change in the political setup of Pakistan.

A well-known and respected media personality, Atiya Khan has achieved a high level of acclaim and success, undertaking a leadership and pioneering role in the fields of modeling, acting, and presenting. Simultaneously, she produces, directs, researches & writes for the advertising and television industry in Pakistan. This background has merged with interest, knowledge, active participation/ patronage of Sufism to produce some success in promoting Sufism and moderate Islam through a wide variety of channels.

Atiya Fatima Khan has worked as Manager Programming of HUM TV Pakistan. Behind the camera, she started her freelance film direction and production career producing and directing TV commercials and commercial documentaries for all the top advertising agencies in Pakistan. She then moved into directing TV programs and sponsored music video. Atiya Fatima Khan played a role as a leader and pioneer, as well one of the youngest players in the early days of TV & advertising in Pakistan.

As such, she managed to break a lot of new ground and establish a string of notable achievements. In 2005, she directed the first ever highly successful, revolutionary, moderate religious-oriented talk show called ‘Zikr’, shown daily during the month of Ramadan, for new Pakistani TV Channel HUM TV (Sep.-Nov. 2005). She also hosted a very popular TV Talk show on religion “ZIKR” 2006. This 30-minute program took the form of free & frank discussion on Islam by well-respected and knowledgeable religious, Sufi speakers invited to tackle a wide array of challenging topics.

Most recently, she has been a part of a social justice movement, called, Pakistan Rising – A Call for Action, that demands a system where the rights, liberty and freedom of citizens are protected regardless of class, colour, creed or faith. The movement held weekly protests against the corrupt ruling parties and talibanization. The protests were covered by Pakistani media channels and the message of an enlightened, progressive and modern Pakistan was supported and highly appreciated.


A Glimpse into Atiya Khan’s Life