Bloomsbury Pakistan partnered with Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan in bringing Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) to London as part of the Alchemy Festival Southbank Centre 2017, which is the largest festival of South Asian art and literature in Britain. KLF London Programme
The members of Bloomsbury Pakistan have been facilitating collaborations between academic institutions in Britain and Pakistan. One of such initiatives resulted in MoU between SOAS, University of London and South Asia Research and Resource Centre (SARRC), Islamabad. More details.
Several members of Bloomsbury Pakistan have been Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan scholars in the United Kingdom. We have been regularly corresponding with the HEC to raise problems faced by the scholars and the policy of awarding scholarship. We wrote a collective letter to the HEC signed by twenty-seven academics, working on Pakistan, to raise the issue of ranking of universities used by the HEC to award scholarships and to include SOAS in the list of universities for the HEC scholarships. More details.
The freedom of speech and democratic freedom are pre-requisites for the academic and public discourse. Therefore, Bloomsbury Pakistan supports the democratic process. In the past, especially in 2007, members of the group campaigned for the restoration of the democratic process which was then suspended in Pakistan. In the attached Prime Minister Gordon Brown responded to the group’s demands of restoration of democracy and release of political prisoners in Pakistan. More details.
The Bloomsbury Pakistan members have been involved with campaigns to promote religious freedom in Pakistan, which is a requisite for the free public discourse. We have used the intellectual and social capital of academic institutions to further such causes. We wrote a collective letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan signed by Sikh academics for the restoration of a Gurudwara. More details.
The members of Bloomsbury Pakistan actively contributed for the protection of human rights in Pakistan. We have collaborated with the leading human rights organisations and activists working in Pakistan. The group issued a press release in wake of death threats issued to Ms. Asma Jehangir, Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). More details.