Aasim Sajjad Akhtar is a teacher, left-wing politician and columnist based in Pakistan. Akhtar is an associate professor of political economy at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He served as the president of the Awami Workers Party’s Punjab executive committee from March 2014 to January 2020 and is still associated with the party. He is the author of The Politics of Common Sense: State, Society and Culture in Pakistan (2018) and the co-author of The Military and Denied Development in the Pakistani Punjab: An Eroding Social Consensus (2014). The Struggle for Hegemony in Pakistan: Fear, Desire and Revolutionary Horizon (2022) is his latest book.