(Urdu, Farsi: a travel journal)
Safarnameh is an account of Pakistani journeys, both individual and collective, through the plural, coexistent political spaces we inhabit.
We hope to evaluate issues of interest with an honest, passionate and explorative eye. We look forward to this blog becoming a reflection of the unfolding understandings of our political selves as we continue though our graduate and post-graduate careers – our safar.
Haniya Mir is a recent postgraduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London where her concentration was in law, development and society. She grew up in Islamabad, Pakistan and received a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Economics from Vassar College in 2007. She is currently working on Pakistan-related projects at a counter-extremism think tank.
Khwaja Hamzah Saif is the Pakistan-Afghanistan Editor at Ajam Media Collective, and authors the Pakistan column at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. He is also a frequent contributor to other progressive publications. He has previously researched and advocated for a progressive revision of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan at Muslim Public Affairs Council. He is a researcher with the World Bank, and has worked with USAID on development projects in Afghanistan. Hamzah grew up across Pakistan, and speaks Urdu and Farsi.