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Pakistan Mein Riyasti Ashrafiya Ka Urooj (The Rise of State Aristocracy in Pakistan)

Jul 16

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad


Dr Khalil
Ahmad, Executive Director, Alternate Solution Institute, Lahore



  • Dr Tahir
    Amin, Professor, School of Politics and IR, Quaid-i-Azam University
  • Mr Tariq
    Fatemi, Former Ambassador of Pakistan
    to USA
    and EU
  • Mr Sakib
    Sherani, CEO, Macroeconomic Insights and Former Principle Economic Advisor,
    Ministry of Finance, Islamabad


Dr Vaqar
Ahmed, Research Fellow/Head, Economic Growth Unit, Sustainable Development
Policy Institute (SDPI)


About the Book:

This book holds Pakistani Ashrafiya as the biggest
obstacle in the way of the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law in
The book demonstrates that the Pakistani Ashrafiya lives via its capture of the
state, state institutions, and the resources of the state. Not only has it
captured the Pakistani state, but through its capture of the state
institutions, it has hijacked the market also. The heart of the Pakistani
Ashrafiya, i.e. Politicians, the Establishment, and the Bureaucracy, have made
the constitution subservient to their interests; whereas security of
fundamental rights to the ordinary citizens is almost an impossibility.


About the Author:

Dr. Khalil Ahmad holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and has
been teaching philosophy, and philosophy of education to graduate and
post-graduate classes. He is one of the founders of the ‘Alternate Solutions
Institute’, the first free market think tank of Pakistan. His book, Charter of
Liberty, is a critique of the Charter of Democracy, and pleads for making the
fundamental rights core and supreme value of the Constitution.  Another of
his book, Greatest Battle for the Rule of Law in Pakistan,
(a collection of articles) focusses on the crucial aspects of establishing
the rule of the constitution and law in Pakistan. His next book,
Siyasi Partian Ya Siyasi Bandobast: Pakistani Siyasat Ke Pech-o-Kham Ka
Falsafiyan Muhakma (Political Parties or Political Arrangements: A
Philosophical Critique of Politics in Pakistan) is in the process of