Aziz Ali Dad is a freelance columnist based in Islamabad. He is a Lahore School of Economics (LSE) graduate and work in development sector. Find his writings at The News</a. He can be reached at

Self, society and suicide in Gilgit

The contemporary society of Gilgit is undergoing an existential crisis begotten by drastic changes and ruptures caused by the forces of modernisation. For the last four decades it has been exposed to a medley of forces which are exogenous, but which have given birth to trends endogenous to the society. These changes have enabled people to get rid of a few institutions and actors that were impediments to progress.