SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Re-envisioning Pakistan

Syed Shamoon Hashmi

Date: 6 July 2021Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 6 July 2021Time: 3:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar


Often misunderstood, frequently misreported and regularly misrepresented, the saga of Pakistan is of a land undiscovered. A vibrant nation of 220 million hospitable, hard-working and resilient citizens, its people have heroically braved the misadventures of the “Grate Game”, bouts of the Cold War and then the assaults of global terrorism. What is more, the story of resistance of the people of Pakistan for the pursuit of political liberates, social justice and civil order is unmatched across continents. In fact, the Resistance Movement of Pakistan has given voice to movements around the world through most prolific literary contributions. It’s misfortune is that the story has been rarely told and hardly listened. Confronting religious extremism, gender violence and socio-economic disparities, the people of Pakistan, whenever given a fair chance, have opted for a liberal, forward-looking and pluralistic society. It’s time, the real story of Pakistan is given a patient hearing by changing the lens.


Syed Shamoon Hashmi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of the Punjab, Lahore and a Diploma in Advance & Creative English Writing from the Bournemouth University, England. His diverse career, spanning over three decades, has traversed multiple disciplines of print and electronic media, development sector, civil service, academia and legislative service. He is Currently serving as an Additional Secretary in the National Assembly of Pakistan. He has also remained a regular contributor to numerous national and international newspapers, journals and publications. A compilation of his literary essays is currently under publication. 


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