Hurmat Ali Shah

Hurmat Ali Shah writes on socio-political issues, and is particularly interested in the national core-periphery relations in Pakistan. He currently is a post-doctoral researcher.

The anatomy of Urdu

How the language of state-making in Pakistan contributes to the erasure of regional languages.

Apr 12, 2021

Silence in Swat

Memory, militancy and the military in Swat Valley.

Sep 28, 2020

Redefining citizenship in Pakistan

The PTM movement envisions an alternate relationship between citizen and state.

Apr 28, 2020

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With massive anti-government rallies by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and their repression by the ruling Awami League-led government, battle lines are being drawn for the next general election

How a unique language survives in Kashmir’s tiny Burusho community

Despite being a small population, the Burusho community has been able to preserve their language through intergenerational communication and by prioritising their mother tongue over other languages in Kashmir

Pakistan needs to go beyond the 18th amendment to end the military’s role in politics

Reviving the 2010 reform process can be key to resolving Pakistan’s continued crises, but the reforms need to also target the military's massive business empire