Public Intellectualism & Political Activism
Contributions to News Media & Periodicals
The Network members have been regular commentators on, and are regularly cited by, the local and international print as well as electronic news media on various legal, political, constitutional and human rights themes, including, inter alia, Al Jazeera, BBC, The Guardian, Development and Cooperation (D+C), The News International, Express Tribune, The Friday Times, Herald, Tanqeed, and various Pakistani television channels. The following are some representative research based articles in various periodicals that have endeavored to inform and bolster the public discourses on important national issues.
Articles by Maryam S. Khan:
Articles by Dr. Osama Siddique:
The Network members also regularly deliver lectures and talks at public fora and universities and engage in online discussions in order to disseminate their research findings to students and a general non-academic audience, and contribute to deeper popular understanding of key national political, constitutional and legal issues. The following are links to such representative lectures, talks and presentations.
Maryam S. Khan:
Dr. Osama Siddique:
The Network members were active participants in the Lawyers’ Movement to restore judges ousted by General Pervez Musharraf in 2007, and organizers of protests amongst the academic community and lawyers. Mr. Faisal Mahmood Khan was one of the many protesting lawyers who were illegally incarcerated during this period. In an endeavor to raise international awareness about the unconstitutionality of Musharraf’s regime and its adverse ramifications for democratic sustainability, Dr. Osama Siddique gave a series of talks in Pakistan as well as in the U.S.A including at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and Boston College, during a period when the Musharraf regime was persecuting and arresting dissenters and protestors.
Dr. Siddique has also been extensively engaged in the past as a pro bono lawyer in petitions challenging General Pervez Musharraf’s various legislative steps to curb the constitutional rights of political association (in particular, the rights to form and join political parties and to contest in elections) and his executive actions leading to the ad hoc takeover of the management of national institutions and their placement under military administration.