Riffath Khaji is a Junior Research Fellow in the ISSSP at NIAS, Bangalore. She pursued her MA in, Political Science from St Joseph College Bangalore. Her dissertation focussed on Armed Non State Actors in Pakistan: A Case Study of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. she interned at Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi . Her areas of interest is Pakistan with specific focus on Pakistan State society, rise of terrorism , and other terrorist networks.