Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan’s book “Privacy and Surveillance: public preferences in Pakistan” published by Iqbal Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) of International Islamic University (IIU) was launched at the old campus.
The launching ceremony was joined by IIU Rector Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, IIU Vice President Academics Dr. Ayaz Afsar, renowned journalist Saleem Safi, Famous legal expert Barrister Zafar Ullah, IRD Executive Director Dr. Husnul Amin, IIU Faculty members Dr. Sheraz Dasti and Dr, Muhammad Akram.
The author, Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan, a Ph.D. from a renowned university in the UK, a a civil servant in the police services group, and a pioneer in setting up the safe city project in Lahore; is keenly interested in initiating a debate on the subject of the book in the public discourse. The book will be available soon at Saeed Books, Mr. Books Islamabad, and at the IRD.
The speakers noted that there is a dire need for the masses to be made aware of their rights such as privacy. They said that the author Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan has raised important but neglected questions related to security-privacy trade-off. Based on an extensive survey, the data generated responds to some of the key issues concerning the privacy and Surveillance debate in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Masoom appreciated the efforts of IRD in research and dialogue and congratulated the author on a very brief book on the important topic. He emphasized that educational institutions must address the issues being faced by societies in the mode of research, dialogue, and publication of such books. He stressed the need for more institutes to work for the service of society as well as platforms to broaden the exposure of youth.
Dr. Ayaz Afsar said the book is a great piece of work that is an appreciable account based on rigorous research and empirical data. He also congratulated the institute and the author on the publication of the book. Dr. Husnul Amin highlighted the importance of protection of privacy and shed light on the hard work and research of the author. The author, while thanking the participants and IRD shared his experiences and also elaborated basic objectives and findings of his research.