CHUP has two meanings in the context of this website – the word literally means Hush in Urdu but it also forms the acronym for Changing Up Pakistan, [click to join Facebook page]. The aim of this blog, therefore, is to raise awareness on the issues impacting Pakistan and to break the black-and-white depiction of our country in the news media. Given that Pakistan has become an important security issue in the United States, it is increasingly vital to counter the stories of bombings and violence with pieces that also highlight the positive figures and developments in the country – to give due representation to the voices of the country that are not represented by media outlets. The site as a whole provides news briefs/analysis, contributions by young Pakistanis, and interviews with a wide range of people from politicians to comedians to filmmakers.
Kalsoom is the founder and editor of CHUP. She is the Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate, or i2i, an intermediary that aims to grow the social entrepreneurship space in new markets, beginning in Pakistan. Kalsoom is the Washington, D.C. co-ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of selected innovators under 30, and is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper. She is a Managing Editor and helped launch Think Change Pakistan, a blog tracking the social entrepreneurship and innovation space in Pakistan. She grew up in Islamabad, Pakistan, and received a Bachelors degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle East Studies from the University of Virginia and a Masters degree in International Affairs/Conflict Resolution from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She has contributed to various publications, including Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, Dawn Newspaper, the Washington Post, Westpoint’s CTC Sentinel, and the Huffington Post.
About the Comment Policy:
While Changing Up Pakistan aims to probe discourse on various topics pertinent to Pakistan, there are several policies we ask you to abide by. CHUP will not publish comments with foul, inflammatory or slanderous language. Comments that are irrelevant to the discussion at hand will also not be approved. Commentators are asked to respect one another’s opinions and stick to the topics at hand, not resort to mud-slinging or name-calling. Comments involving any of the above will not be approved.