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20CU1: OPS, Soch: Columbia Pakistan Symposium 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:00AM

Lerner 555
Lerner Hall
New York, NY 10027


Soch returns on March 7th, 2020 to Columbia University to highlight voices from Pakistan that otherwise are not present in the mainstream media: voices of the Baloch and Pashtuns. In Balochistan, a separatist movement has been gaining currency, whereas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a social movement for Pashtun rights is rapidly gaining leverage. This year, Soch would like to amplify the unheard voices of these communities in order to understand what their demands are from Pakistani state. Thus, Soch will be hosting its annual symposium in 2020, titled: “Naya Pakistan, Magar Kiska Pakistan? Unravelling the Claims of the Baloch and the Pashtuns".

Over the course of the conference, Soch hopes to dissect how the ideas surrounding the concept of Naya Pakistan--a Pakistan that is reformed, just, and filled with hope--apply to the Baloch and the Pashtuns. By analyzing Pakistan’s post-colonial history, civil and military institutions, and the impact of journalism on these issues alongside scholars and journalists, Soch hopes to answer the following questions: How has Pakistan’s history, from its partition period to the current era of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf, impacted the present political climate of these regions? If the people of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are indeed citizens of Pakistan, why are their grievances labeled as anti-state or conflated with foreign agendas? Ultimately, Soch hopes to foster constructive discourse on what practical and actionable efforts can be pursued by all Pakistanis to bring political stability to Pakistan.

Soch aims to provide a platform that ultimately inspires individuals to enact meaningful change among their communities. Our team has been working tirelessly since September in order to make Soch a fascinating and memorable experience for all our attendees. Please browse our website (columbiasoch.com) to learn more about Soch 2020 and do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions at soch@columbia.edu. We’re excited to see you on March 7th!


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