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My interests have changed–evolve would, perhaps, be a more appropriate word–over time. I really launched my “public” career at the age of 17 as an Op-Ed writer for The News International–one of Pakistan’s leading English Language Newspapers. Journalism had been in my blood, though, I discovered it at quite a late age. In 1997-99, I worked on the Pakistan 2010 Program–a long-range policy planning effort launched by the Government of Pakistan. This was an interesting experience that taught me a lot about policy and volunteerism.

In May of 2001, I launched the Virtual Think Tank Pakistan–a virtual platform of like-minded Pakistani professionals joined by their dedsire to do something good for Pakistan. VTTP.Org introduced me to a number of very talented people from around the world and, although it did not deliver what I had expected, it was a stepping stone to perhaps bigger things. VTTP remained active until Oct of 2004 when the plug was pulled but not before it had given birth to another platform. 

In July of 2003, Pakistan Research Support Network (or Research-Network) was born. Research Network grew at a breathtaking pace over 2000 members in just over 2 years. It is a platform of Pakistani researchers and research students to network and help each other with guidance, referrals, and advice on research careers. Research-Network remains a vibrant, active, and useful platform.

In June of 2007, I launched the latest of my “social ventures” called The Understanding Pakistan Project. Understanding Pakistan is an effort at collaborative reading and writing of Pakistan’s History. It is also an attempt by us–third generation Pakistanis–to make sense of our country’s past, present, and future. These days, Understanding Pakistan takes up much of my spare time. However, it is an extremely fullfilling and, I believe, urgently needed endeavor.

 There are a few more things under my sleeve. However, I need some time to put them into action. You will be the first one to know…

admin @ August 26, 2007