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
) to learn more about Soch 2020 and do not hesitate to reach
out to us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We’re excited to see you
on March 7th!