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COMMUNITY

The Pakistani Left, Separatism & Student Movements

We worry too much about divisions within the left. It can be very productive if people engage in a decent, intellectual conversation. Actual disagreements shouldn't be repressed for the sake of some mythical unity.

Editor's Note: Throughout the Baloch student long march & the #PashtunLongMarch2Karachi, the Pakistani state cracked down on activists—including Ammar Ali Jan—and continues to. This conversation took place in September 2020. A detention order for Ammar Ali Jan was issued in late November 2020. It was far from the first time he had faced detention, intimidation, or threats from the state. Granted pre-arrest bail, the detention order was lifted in December by the Lahore High Court, with LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan saying: “In Pakistan, influential people will not let their rivals to move freely by misusing ‘detention orders’."

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Pakistan
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Baloch Student Long March
Pashtun Tahafuz Movement
Shehri Tahafuz Movement
Zaigham Abbas
Universities
Pakistani State Repression
Repression in Universities
Partha Chatterjee
Subaltern Studies
Karl Polanyi
People's Solidarity Forum
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Pashtun Long March
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AMMAR ALI JAN is an activist, historian, and educator. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Cambridge, where he worked on communist thought in India. His work explores the intersection of communism and nationalism in Colonial India by examining how European ideas are extended and reshaped as they circulate in the non-European world. He is also a member of the Haqooq-e-Khalq Movement (HKM), a civil rights campaign dedicated to safeguarding the constitutional rights of Pakistani citizens. He is a regular contributor to The News International, and has taught at Government College, Punjab University, and Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan.

Interview
Pakistan
14 Dec 2020

AMMAR ALI JAN

Activist Ammar Ali Jan in conversation with Kamil Ahsan.

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