BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award


Date of Submission



Dr. Nausheen H. Anwar, Professor, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


The Bengali ethnic community living in Karachi faces systemic discrimination that relegates them to the margins of Pakistani society. The group is denied National Identi fication Cards that strategically limits their access to basic civic amenities . The National Database and Registration Authority marks them as a conspicuous and foreign migrant group claiming that only those who were present in West Pakistan during the 1971 secession of Bangladesh are classified as Pakistani citizens. Certain legal amendments in recent years have ascribed an alien status to the group, making it increasingly difficult for them to prove their legal status as Pakistanis. However, the discrimination faced by them today is not a contemporary phenomenon. The purpose of this project is to provide a social psychological understanding for the continued discrimination against the Bengali ethnic group living in Karachi. This aim is achieved via the investigation of stereotypes and prejudices associated with them.


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