Book Launch: 
From Kargil to the Coup – Events that Shook Pakistan
Nasim Zehra’s book From Kargil to the Coup – Events that Shook Pakistan (2018) on 23rd Oct 2018. It’s a well researched and persuasively argued, the book is mandatory reading for students of international relations and South Asia. Nasim Zehra is a national security specialist and a prominent journalist. As a columnist, teacher, with extensive experience in the development field, she writes and lectures widely on national security and global politics. Moderator: Ms Victoria Schofield, renowned author of several books on Kashmir, India and Pakistan. Discussant: Dr Farooq Bajwa, renowned author on history of Pakistan’s foreign policy and on 1965 Pakistan India war. In collaboration with SOAS Pakistan Society.

Discussion Group on Government Debt and External Sector Competitiveness of Pakistan
The next discussion on Pakistan’s economy is with Dr Asad Sayeed. It will focus on the government debt and the external sector competitiveness of Pakistan. Dr Asad Sayeed has done seminal work on industrial development in Pakistan which was his PhD research at Cambridge University during early 1990s. Since then he has conducted extensive research in the fields of macroeconomic policy, labor market dynamics in developing countries, poverty and social protection and political economy of corruption. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Collective for Social Science Research (CSSR), Karachi, Pakistan.


Seminar: General Elections in Pakistan 2018 and its Aftermath
Prof Mohammad Waseem is a Professor of Political Science at LUMS and has extensively published on electoral politics in Pakistan. Dr Adnan Qadir Khan is Director International Growth Centre, LSE. He has extensively published on wide range of areas such as tax reform in Pakistan, governance, local government, delivery of public services in Pakistan etc. Chaired by Dr David Taylor. The event was organised in collaboration with SOAS Pakistan Society on 31st July 2018. Audio will be uploaded. News Report

Remembering Asma Jahangir with Prof Amartya Sen and I.A. Rahman. The event was organised in collaboration with LSE South Asia Centre on 21st June 2018 at Sheikh Zayd Lecture Theatre LSE. Audio recording of the event

Workshop on Poverty in Pakistan
Dr Sohail Choudhry was awarded his PhD from the University of Oxford where he worked on ‘Shame, Social Exclusion and Effectiveness of Anti-poverty Programmes in Pakistan’ (Publication reference). His other team members extended the project to six other countries (Publication reference). Dr Sohail Chaudry is also a civil servant, now heading the Social Projection Authority Punjab Government. Discussants: Dr Adnan Khan is the Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC) at LSE. Arif Naveed is a co-author of the report on Geography of Poverty in Pakistan which projects the measurement and drivers of poverty on regional and individual district lines. (Postponed due to weather forecast)

Life and Times of Dr Abdus Salam – Nobel Laureate 1979
Dr Abdus Salam (1926-1996) was a physicist, he received Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979. Prof Michael Duff and Dr Jonathan Butterworth will speak on the work of Dr Salam. Prof Duff worked closely with Dr. Salam at Imperial College London. He has also written books on Dr Abdus Salam. Prof. Jonathan Butterworth is the Head of the Physics and Astronomy Department at UCL. Dr Farid Panjwani chaired the seminar, he is a Senior Lecturer at IOE-UCL. The memorial seminar was held on 22nd February 2018 at UCL, it was organised in collaboration with the UCL Pakistan Society.
Download Powerpoint Presentation by Prof Michael Duff

Book Launch: Faith and Feminism in Pakistan
Dr Afiya Zia’s book Faith and Feminism in Pakistan: Religious Agency or Secular Autonomy (2018) on 15th May 2018.This book is essential reading for those interested in understanding the limits of Muslim women’s piety and the potential in their pursuit for secular autonomy and liberal freedoms. Dr Ramshi Verma will be the discussant.

The early British High Commission in Pakistan: its role and history
Prof Ian Talbot delivered the lecture. The literature on the legacies of Partition for Pakistan has overlooked the history of the creation of diplomatic embassies within the new country. In this talk, Professor Ian Talbot told the story of Britain’s early High Commissions and the difficulties that they faced. He examined the roles played by the first four British High Commissioners between 1947-65. Sir Nicholas Barrington chaired the lecture. The lecture was organised in collaboration with The Pakistan Society on Tuesday 23 January 2018. Event details

Bacha Khan Lecture 2018
Mr Mohammad Iqbal delivered the Annual Bacha Khan Lecture on 20th January 2018. Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of the South Asia Centre at LSE, chaired the lecture. Mr Mohammad Iqbal is the father of Mashal Khan who was killed by a mob at Wali Khan University. He rose above his personal suffering and transformed it into a movement to highlight the broader and deeper social, cultural and political maladies engulfing Pakistan which were responsible for the tragic death of his son. Dr Banerjee was awarded her doctorate from the University of Oxford where she worked on Bacha Khan, published as the book ‘The Pathan Unarmed: Opposition and Memory in the North West Frontier’. Video recording of the lecture. 

Panel on Development in Pakistan at the LSE Future of Pakistan Conference
Bloomsbury Pakistan organised the panel on Development in Pakistan in collaboration with the LSE  Future of Pakistan Conference held in November 2017. Dr Adnan Khan, Dr Atif Ansar and Dr Ismail Miftah were among the panellists. The discussion focused on the energy sector, CPEC and other areas of development in Pakistan. Video recording of the panel discussion.


Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) London held in partnership with Bloomsbury Pakistan at Southbank Centre as part of Alchemy festival on 20 May 2017, the programme included sixty-five speakers. The Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), produced by the Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan, is Pakistan’s biggest literary event. It has been a resounding success since its launch in March 2010. The KLF is a reflection of Pakistan’s historical roots as expressed in a multiplicity of languages and in various forms of writing. The first of a kind in Pakistan, it is open to all and bring together authors writing in diverse languages and genres. They feature debates, discussions, lectures, mushaira, a book fair, book launches, readings, signings, comedy, satire, theatre, film screenings, music, and dance. KLF London 2017 Programme

Philosophy and thought of Allama Iqbal. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali in conversation with Prof. Javed Majeed. The public discussion is organised in collaboration with the South Asia Centre, LSE on the 27th of February 2017. Audio recording of the discussion

Freedom of Speech in Higher Education Institutions in Pakistan. In the aftermath of Mashal Khan’s killing by the mob in Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Bloomsbury Pakistan organised the seminar, Prof Asad Ahmed and Dr Asad Sayeed were the speakers at the seminar.

A delegation of twenty-five Vice-Chancellors of various universities in Pakistan was hosted by Bloomsbury Pakistan. Dr David Taylor and Dr Farid Panjwani gave lectures on the higher education in UK and Pakistan. The lectures focused on capacity building and long-term vision for the higher education in Pakistan and the lessons to be learnt from UK Higher Education. Download PowerPoint Presentation by Dr Farid Panjwani

Discussion group with Prof. Kamran Asdar Ali on his book ‘Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947-72’ published by OUP Pakistan in 2015, the international edition is published by I.B.Tauris. Prof. Amin Mughal is the discussant. Video recording of the discussion.


Bacha Khan Lecture: The relevance of Bacha Khan and the non-violent Khudai Khidmatgar movement (1930-1947) in the contemporary world. Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of the South Asia Centre at LSE and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded her doctorate from the University of Oxford where she worked on Bacha Khan, published as The Pathan Unarmed: Opposition and Memory in the North West Frontier (2001). Dr. James Caron is the Director of Centre for the Study of Pakistan (CSP) at SOAS, University of London. His academic research is on Pakhtuns, Pushto literature and its regional history & politics. Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai hails from Swat, Pakistan. He is an activist whose primary focus is on girls’ education. Video recording of the lecture.

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Panel Discussion on Honour Killings in Pakistan. Dr. Nafisa Shah MNA and Mr. Salman Raja analysed the legal, political and social anthropology perceptive of honour killings on Wednesday 27th July 2016. Dr. Nafisa Shah has done PhD on Honour Killings at the University of Oxford. The Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan is publishing her book ‘Honour Unmasked’ which is based on her PhD research. Review of Nafisa Shah’s book on Honour Killing

Screening of the film: Jago Hua Savera (Day Shall Dawn 1958), story by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Nauman Taseer Foundation sponsored the screening. BBC Article on Jago Hua Savera and The Guardian article on Jago Hua Savera published on the day of screening.


Panel Discussion: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): A fate-changer? with Dr. Daanish Mustafa,  Dr. Haider Shah and Mr. Rafiullah Kakar
Download PowerPoint Presentation by Dr Haider Shah
Download PowerPoint Presentation by Mr. Rafiullah Kakar

Discussion with Dr. Marie Lall on her paper”Engaging the youth – citizenship and political participation in Pakistan” (2014) Commonwealth & Comparative Politics Volume 52, Issue 4.

The discussion was organised  with Dr. Asad Sayeed on his publications ”Institutional Basis of Militancy in Tribal Areas of Pakistan” published in the book Civil Wars in South Asia: State, Sovereignty, Development (2014) and his forthcoming publication on militancy in Swat. The report based on discussion in the workshop
Pashto translation of the report

Bloomsbury Pakistan May Day discussion group: A discussion with Dr. Kamal Munir was held on his paper ‘The Abject Condition of Labor in Pakistan: A Report from the Field’ forthcoming in International Labor and Working Class History. Please send us comments on the paper.


Panel Discussion with Kashmiri academics on recent state violence in Kashmir. Chair: Ms. Victoria Schofield, Panellists: Prof. Dibyesh Anand, Dr. Nitasha Kaul and Ms. Mehroosh Tak. Audio recording of the panel discussion.

Bloomsbury Pakistan had a study group with Haris Gazdar. It focused on (i) Scholarly work and political engagement (ii) The decline of left in Pakistan. A write up on the discussion on scholarly work and political engagement

Discussion Group on ”Language, Identity and Politics in Pakistan”. Dr. Tariq Rahman is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Bloomsbury Pakistan. Download PowerPoint Presentation

Bloomsbury Pakistan organised a discussion with Farooq Sulehria on his PhD paper ”Media imperialism in the age of globalisation: The case of India and Pakistan.” The abstract of the paper.

Bloomsbury Pakistan held a workshop with Arif Hasan on Social Change in Pakistan. The report based on discussion in the workshop.  Sindhi translation of the report

Discussion group with Dr. Adnan Qadir on his publication ”Breaking the countercyclical pattern of local democracy in Pakistan’

Dr. Ali Usman Qasmi on ”Pakistan’s Ahmadi Problem: History and Politics”.  The discussion was based on his book ”The Ahmadis and the Politics of Religious Exclusion in Pakistan” published in 2014. A related paper published by Dr. Qasmi on the subject; ”Pakistan’s Ahmadi Religious Minority: Attacked, Impoverished and Ghettoized”.

Bloomsbury Pakistan had a meeting with Dr. Akbar Zaidi. Dr. Zaidi’s research focuses on development, governance, and political economy in South Asia. The objectives of Bloomsbury Pakistan were discussed in the meeting. He also updated the group members on recent developments in academic research and activism in Pakistan.

Mera Payam Aur (My Message is Unique) The Group organised a one day symposium on Iqbal at the University of Oxford. Prof. David Matthews, Dr Keith Ward, Dr Yahya Michot, Dr. Salman Asif, Dr Homa Katouzian and other academics participated in the symposium. Dr. Keith Ward gave the keynote speech. The display of actual verse accompanied by the translation by Fasi Zaka, synchronized with the rendition by Syed Ali Abbas, gripped the audience’s attention. Read more.

Documentary Screening: The Sorrow and Joy – Remembering Hussein’s Martyrdom in Hyderabad, Pakistan. The documentary shows regional music, drumming and bodily performances during the 10-day ritual observances of Hussein’s martyrdom. It is written, directed and produced by Ashok Kumar, he is an anthropologist.

Bloomsbury Pakistan facilitated Gallup Pakistan’s survey to assess the demand for tourism to the Sikh religious sites in Punjab, Pakistan. It’s the World Bank and the Government of Punjab research project to increase Sikh tourism. The Questionnaire was completed by the participants. The report was completed by the Gallop Pakistan.

‘Does Aid Cause Conflict in Pakistan?.’ by Dr Nadia Tahir accepted for publication by the Defence and Peace Economics.  We had extensive consultation on the paper  and on the topic in general. Despite critiques of the paper we have received, it has generated highly engaging debate in the group