Pakistan

A Session on “Legal Status of U.S. Drone Strikes inside Pakistan”


15 December 2010

Events

The international law allows the civilian victims of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan to take the matter to the court of law. If the drone strikes are proven unlawful by the U.N., international court of justice or the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. will be required to stop such attacks, reassure Pakistan of not repeating them and also provide compensations to the families of the innocent victims. Although, the international laws of war permit the nations to use force in self-defense, but the... Read More

World HR Organizations Have a Role to Play to Resolve Kashmir Dispute


16 November 2010

Events

The issue of human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) neither receives attention of world human rights organizations nor the international media. International civil society’s role becomes more relevant to push the stakeholders for a permanent solution to Kashmir dispute. Moreover in the era of globalization, the regional economic interdependence necessitates regional and local approaches of conflict resolution by engaging all the stakeholders including China. These views... Read More

Promotion of religious diversity and popular past can be an effective bulwark against growing radicalization in Pakistan


15 October 2010

Events

Violent tendencies are increasing in Pakistan as compared to other Muslim countries. Though people are against Taliban but they do not openly oppose their agenda per se. These were the views expressed by participants of a seminar titled “Radicalization in Pakistan” organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) on September 14, 2010 Islamabad. The seminar was organized to launch the latest edition of the organization’s quarterly journal, Conflict and Peace Studies.... Read More

Counter-Radicalization: A Multifold Strategy Stressed


10 August 2010

Events

On 04 August 2010, Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), in collaboration with United States Institute of Peace (USIP) organized a seminar on “Counter-Radicalization Strategies” at a local hotel in Islamabad. Leading experts on counter-extremism, prominent journalists and intellectuals including Shabana Fayaz, associate Professor at Quaid-e-Azam University, Imtiaz Gul, a political analyst, Dr. Tariq Rehman, Director National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Ejaz Haider, National... Read More

Countering Radicalization in Pakistan: Efforts must be initiated from within the society


19 July 2010

Events

It is important to challenge the extremist and literalist interpretations of Islam to prevent further radicalization in Pakistan and defeat the militant groups operating in the country. This was the crux of a seminar organized by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies on July 16, 2010, in Islamabad. The seminar was arranged to launch the latest edition of the organization’s quarterly journal, Conflict and Peace Studies. The journal contained the finding of a ... Read More

Building an Empirical Knowledge base is Imperative to Counter-radicalization in Pakistan


25 May 2010

Events

Despite the phenomenal rise of radical ideologies in Pakistan, the country lacks an empirical knowledge base to form counter-strategies. These observations were shared with a visiting high profile European delegation of academics, practitioners and community lobbyists on 24 May 2010 here at PIPS. The delegation was comprised of Dr. Harald Weilnböck, a psychotherapist by profession and one of the leading European experts on radicalization, Alan Weston, associated with the European... Read More

9/11 Changed the Perceptions of Americans about Pakistan


04 May 2010

Events

“In Pak-US relations, 9/11 serves as water shed event which changed the perceptions of many Americans towards Pakistani Diaspora in US. It not only enhanced the feelings of hatered and mistrust between the two communities but also became a strong reason for imposing restriction on Muslims’ religious freedom in US”. These were the thoughts of Miss. Rabia Zafar--a PhD student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford and an internee at Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

Taliban Insurgency is Thriving in FATA noted PIPS' New book


19 April 2010

Events

After September 11, 2001 the militant networks have become stronger and well entrenched in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (FATA); while the militant economy has surpassed the volume of $ 6bn per annum. The dynamics of insurgency in FATA is very complex and intertwined with the recent developments in Afghanistan and thus have far reaching consequences for the regional security situation. In these circumstances a significant change in the mindset of Pakistani military... Read More

Pakistani Litterateurs have an Alternative Narrative to Counter-Extremism


19 April 2010

Events

Pakistani litterateurs and intellectuals have an important role to counter extremism in the society. They are not only well aware of the phenomenal increase of extremist trends and its various manifestations; they also hold better solutions and comprehensive recommendations for the culmination of extremism.  These views were expressed by the participants in a dialogue on “Intellectual’s Response to Extremism in Pakistan” organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies on... Read More

Youth Radicalization in Pakistan. A Session with Mr. Moeed Yusuf


10 March 2010

Events

Alienation, deprivation and marginalization coupled with three parallel and isolated education systems are the driving factors of youth radicalization in Pakistan, said Moeed Yusuf a Pakistani political analyst and researcher. “The youth lies at the heart of the debate of radicalization in Pakistan. Being the only nuclear power of the Muslim world and the second largest Muslim populated country, Pakistan’s future direction is of vital concern for the West. To save the future... Read More

South Asia can Learn from EU’s Oriental Approach for Resolving Long-Standing Inter-State Conflicts.


13 February 2010

Events

“European Union is a proper answer to endemic conflicts, which had been tearing the European subcontinent since times immemorial.  South Asian states can learn from EU oriental approach to pave the way of resolving long-standing inter-state conflicts.” These views were expressed by Prof. Krzysztof Byrski, a renowned Polish expert on South Asian Affairs at a lecture organized by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) at its premises on 9 February.... Read More

Mainstream Media’s Response to Radical Extremism


Najaum-u-Din

22 January 2010

Research Article

There  seems  to  be  broad  agreement  among  analysts  that  Pakistan  has  never  witnessed  worse manifestations of violence fuelled by radical extremism than it does today.   Against this backdrop I want to focus on the mainstream media’s role instead of talking about the fringe jihadi media.   It is obvious that the media cannot remain aloof from the developments taking place in society. We were taught... Read More

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