Should Seraiki identity be the basis for the administrative restructuring of Punjab?
Many believe that restructuring Pakistan into smaller units will lead to better administration, but what should be the basis of this restructuring? On Feburary 19, at 7 pm PKT, the Herald has invited three panellists to discuss the idea behind the creation of the Seraiki province.
Asad Farooq has previously studied and worked at the University of Warwick, the School of Oriental & African Studies and at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. His main areas of interest include human rights discourse and practice, law in development, alternative theorisations of law, and popular reason in law and politics. He has worked as an activist in south Punjab for many years.
Mushtaq Gaadi teaches at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and is editor of the Seraiki journal Sunjjan. He comes from a community of activists which has worked for the promotion of the Seraiki language, culture and identity for many decades.
Anwar Shah is is Director of the Centre for Public Economics, SWUFE, Chengdu/Wenjiang, China and also serves as an advisor to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank . His areas of interest include distribution of financial resources among the units of a federation. His recent books include Fiscal Federalism (with Robin Boadway), The Practice of Fiscal Federalism: Comparative Perspectives, and Local Governance in Developing Countries and Performance Accountability and Combating Corruption.