NIAS Area Studies


NIAS Area Studies: Pakistan

Pakistan Reader is a part NIAS Area Studies initiatives. It aims to study contemporary Pakistan and tries to analyse social, economic, political, cultural, external and security developments.

NIAS Pakistan Reader is also a capacity building exercise; it aims to nurture young scholars in India working on Pakistan, and a build a network of Pakistan scholars across the world.

NIAS Pakistan Reader publishes an Evening Brief at 1600 hrs everyday, Pakistan Weekly and regular analysis – comments and essays. It also conducts an online course on contemporary Pakistan.

Regular Publications

Torkham border: Pakistan and Afghanistan relations

PR Commentary Torkham border: Pakistan and Afghanistan relations By Shamini Velayutham Customs clearance agents, laborers, and members of local organizations held a protest demonstration. They said that the closing of the Torkham border was an economic murder of those involved in cross-border trade and other manual labor. On 08 September, thousands of civilians were trapped, and hundreds of trucks were unable to transfer commodities between Pakistan and Afghanistan due to the main border...

Return of Nawaz Sharif: An Analysis

PR Commentary Return of Nawaz Sharif: An Analysis  By Shamini Velayutham   On 21 October, Nawaz Sharif returned home to launch his party's campaign ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for January 2024, following four years of self-imposed exile in London. Nawaz, who was previously...

Is Pakistan Air Force (PAF) decaying? Takeaways of a report

On 15 November, a blog post was posted “White Paper: How PAF Is Being Destroyed By Its Chief, Zaheer Ahmed Baber,” by Khamosh Mujahid revealing the dire state of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) under the regime of Chief Baber. The white paper aimed to inform the government and the public of the...

Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh Ali Hajveri: On Sufi spirituality

PR Commentary Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh Ali Hajveri: The illuminated path of Sufi spirituality By Dhriti Mukherjee Sufism in the context of Pakistan and Islam Sufism has played a major role in shaping the spiritual and cultural history of Pakistan. In a country that is often characterised by rigid...

Pakistan elected as vice chair of UNESCO Executive Board

In Brief INTERNATIONAL Pakistan elected as vice chair of UNESCO Executive Board On 24 November, Pakistan was elected as the Vice Chair of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Executive Board for the term 2023-2025 from the Asia Pacific Group. The election...

About the team

Research Assistant, NIAS

Research Assistant

Research Assistant

PhD Scholar

PhD Scholar