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 members of Bloomsbury Pakistan played an important role in the movement for restoration of democracy in Pakistan during 1999-2008 military dictatorship. The group emerged as a hub connecting members of intelligentsia and activists involved with the movement. In 2007, when the leadership of main political parties was in exile in London, the group provided the platform in London, coordinated with the political activists in Pakistan and liaised with authorities outside 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 political activism to promote progressive causes and liberal ideals in Pakistan. 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.
Indigenising the Pakistan Polio Vaccination Project. Bloomsbury Pakistan is consulting with the leading organisations working on the eradication of polio in Pakistan. More details.