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Happy Birthday: Pakistan Forum

Today is the third birthday of The Pakistan Forum, which was launched under the title “Pakistaniaat Forum” as a blog affiliated with Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. Not surprisingly, our first ever blog post was about the journal:

Pakistaniaat Call for Submissions–December Issue

That issue was successfully published and since then we have published four more issues of Pakistaniaat. The blog has now taken a life form of its own. From simple announcements to a few occasional commentaries from me, The Pakistan Forum has now become a multiauthor blog that also features a blog aggregation page, a link exchange page, and, the most important, features writings by more than twelve contributors. We promise to continue doing our best in the field of Pakistan studies and in our general engagement with issues related to Pakistan. In the last two years, we have published 442 blog entries, have received 326 comments from our readers, and more than 80, 000 unique visitors have visited our blog during this time.

Please accept our thanks and do visit us, read our posts, and share your thoughts with us. We are honored to be of service to Pakistan and its people.

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Pakistan Forum: What are we All About?

Lately, we have been getting some comments on the website that suggest that some of our readers could use a brief explanation of what we are or what we are not. The Pakistan Forum, first and foremost, is a multiauthor blog that aims to publish materials in support of a progressive, democratic, and inclusive Pakistan.

The blog started as an offshoot of our journal, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies, but has now taken on a life of its own. We mostly post opinion pieces from a selected group of authors who either write exclusively for us or allow us to republish their articles published in other publications.

We also encourage new and young writers to contribute their writings to us. You can very conveniently submit your articles by using the Submission Link provided on our front page.

We also welcome thoughtful comments. You can check our comment and other  policies on our Policies page.

We are also happy to publish Pakistan-related announcements if you send them to us at pakistaniaat@gmail.com.

We also aggregate feeds from good Pakistani blogs; if you have a Pakistan-related blog and would like to be included in our aggregated feed please provide us the details using the Suggest a Blog link.

We are NOT a newspaper, so most of what we publish is opinion-based writing informed by theory, personal experience, and a desire to contribute to a progressive Pakistani public sphere.

We would love to review and publish your work. Please pass the word about The Pakistan Forum to your friends and if you have a blog, please add our link to your blog.