TRACING THE FOOTSTEPS OF ZAINAB'S PREDATOR
MOST INFLUENTIAL PAKISTANI AFTER JINNAH
HOW CANDIDATES HAVE CRACKED THE CODE FOR WINNING ELECTIONS
HERALD'S SPECIAL: STATE OF HEALTHCARE IN PAKISTAN
To make the process of choosing the most influential Pakistani personality both representative and inclusive, I helped carry out an online poll and a countrywide public opinion survey. The data used in the survey was based on a demographic sample stratified at four levels (province, ethnicity/language, location and gender) and randomized for criteria such as age, education and profession. In this essay, I summarize the findings and the research methods we used in detail.
Herald's Person of the Year segment is considered a good proxy for the depth of public attention certain individuals or social issues garner in a given year. As part of this segment, I helped carry out a countrywide public opinion survey, for which I describe the key steps I took in this essay. The sample, consisting of more than 1,500 Pakistanis, was derived from the latest available official data (collected in the 2017 census) and its field work was carried out by a large team of surveyors in 36 districts.
This survey, financially and technically supported by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, an Islamabad-based independent think tank, was carried out in the first two weeks of April 2018 in 136 districts and regions across Pakistan. In addition to leading survey coordination, I also assisted in data gathering and data compilation processes.
In this public opinion survey, we asked the respondents to rate the effectiveness of and compare public health policies instituted by the different provincial governments over a single five year period. They were also asked to identify five key issues related to the provision of health services under these governments. In addition to leading survey coordination, I also assisted in data gathering and data compilation processes.
Children are abducted and assaulted every day in Pakistan. Eight-year-old Zainab was one such victim of child sexual abuse. She was abducted, raped, and brutally murdered in Kasur — a case that sparked public outcry across Pakistan in 2018. In this project, I assisted esteemed writer and filmmaker Feryal Gauhar with additional research, reporting, and data gathering/compilation.
Repeat winners and contenders are a regular feature of Pakistani elections as political economist, Umair Javed, explains in this piece. "The phenomenon of changing party affiliations in the run-up to an election, in fact, is mundanely familiar to anyone even vaguely acquainted with Pakistan’s electoral politics," he writes. As part of this project, I provided research, data gathering, and data compilation assistance.