Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

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Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
عاصم سجاد اختر
President, Awami Workers Party Punjab
Personal details
Alma materSOAS, University of London
Yale University
Northwestern University
ProfessionUniversity lecturer

Aasim Sajjad Akhtar is a Leftist politician, academic and columnist based in Pakistan. He currently serves as the president of the Awami Workers Party's Punjab Executive Committee.[1]

He completed his PhD in 2008 from SOAS, University of London at the South Asia Institute, where his thesis was titled The Overdeveloping State: The Politics of Common Sense in Pakistan, 1971-2007.[2] He also has a master's degree in economics from Yale University.[3] He is currently an assistant professor at Quaid-i-Azam University's National Institute of Pakistan Studies,[4] and has previously taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.[5]

He was a coordinator of the People's Rights Movement, a left-wing confederation of working-class movements in Pakistan. In February 2010, PRM merged with the National Workers Party and the Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party to form the Workers Party Pakistan.[6] In 2012, the Workers Party Pakistan merged with other Left-wing parties to form the Awami Workers Party.[7]

He also writes a weekly column for the Dawn newspaper.[8] In November 2007, he was arrested in Lahore with seventy other civil society activists for participating in an anti-government meeting held at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan during the Pakistani state of emergency, 2007.[9][10]


  1. ^ "AWP body elected". Dawn. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Completed PhD Thesis 2007-2008". SOAS South Asia Institute. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Aasim Sajjad CV" (PDF). National Institute of Pakistan Studies. 2016-08-29.
  4. ^ "Faculty – NIPS". nips.edu.pk. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  5. ^ "Aasim Sajjad Akhtar: "The Symbiotic Relationship Between 'Counter-Terrorism' and Neoliberal Development: The Case of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)"". www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de. 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  6. ^ "Salvation of masses lies in changing status quo". Dawn. 2010-02-27. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  7. ^ "Three leftist parties to merge". Dawn. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  8. ^ "News stories for Aasim Sajjad Akhtar". Dawn. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  9. ^ "Students' rare show against emergency". Dawn. 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  10. ^ "LUMS Review - Emergency Rule Turns Ugly". LUMS Review. 2007-11-04. Archived from the original on 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2016-08-29.