PDR

THE PAKISTAN DEVELOPMENT REVIEW 

Interpreting Ethnic Movements in Pakistan (Distinguished Lecture)

The paper looks into the causes behind various ethnic movements in Pakistan and finds that these identity movements do not stem from primordial collective bonds. Rather, they originate from a motivation to promote specific interests, political as well as socio-economic. Centralisation of the state is an additional factor contributing to the ethnic tensions in the country as it leads to a strong feeling of vulnerability among the smaller groups.