The fifth edition of the Harvard Pakistan Forum aims to provide a platform for better understanding Pakistan’s socio-economic context. Over the course of a weekend, we hope to shed light upon the socio-economic situation from Pakistan in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The conference serves to more than just initiate conversations about Pakistan – we hope to use it as a platform where people from Pakistan, or people interested in Pakistan can have the opportunity to connect and learn from one another and contribute meaningfully to Pakistan.
This year, we hope to utilize a virtual platform to make the Harvard Pakistan Forum accessible to as large an audience as possible. Like always, we hope that the forum serves as an inspiration for all participants to contribute to meaningful discourse regarding relevant issues in Pakistan. We hope to e-meet you in August!
The inaugural session of the conference, the Harvard College Pakistan Weekend 2014 (HCPW), was organized in light of the dearth of debate regarding Pakistan’s economic potential and was titled "Ensuring Economic Progress in the Pakistan of the Future". Building on the success of the first edition of the conference, the second edition explored the theme of "Rediscovering a Nation". Using 'Unity, Faith and Discipline' as guiding principles to direct discussion and debate, we distilled a cogent narrative from the diverse backgrounds and conceptions brought by our speakers and attendees. We traversed “Pakistan’s Role in the World” in order to better understand the role it played in the international arena, and in our last edition, we attempted to unravel the role and status of minorities in Pakistan through “Bol: Underrepresented voices of Pakistan”.
Our conference stands not only as a platform where some of the leading voices of Pakistan contribute to existing debates, but also as a means to allow Pakistanis from all walks of life to raise pertinent questions regarding the current socio-economic questions, and engage with our esteemed panelists. Over the course of the last few years, we have had the honor and privilege to invite notable speakers like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Maleeha Lodhi, Ali Asani, Raza Rumi, Ayesha Jalal, Jibran Nasir, Adil Najam, Moeed Yusuf, Husain Dawood and Husain Haqqani, among other notable Pakistanis.