PIPS Media Workshop Recommends Balanced Reporting on Extremism

26 June 2009


Pak Institute for Peace Studies organized a daylong workshop for print and TV journalists from Punjab, NWFP and Azad Kashmir. Forty journalists working in cities and far-flung rural areas took part in the workshop held to spread awareness about the need to counter extremism in Pakistan.   Minister of State for Defence production, Sardar Saleem Haider Khan was the chief guest. In his address he urged the media to discourage violence and promote... Read More

Saleem Safi Calls for Coherent Strategy against Islamic Militancy

15 June 2009


Pak Institute for Peace Studies invited renowned journalist, Saleem Safi, to speak on the “Current situation in FATA and NWFP.” What follows is a summary of his speech and discussion. Saleem Safi ruled out the possibility of crushing the Taliban by the United States in Afghanistan or the Pakistani military in Pakistan unless the real causes of Islamic militancy were searched and a political solution was sought. He thought it was imperative to dismantle... Read More

Regional and International circumstances/ Pressures as Factors of Extremism in Pakistan and Solutions to Counter it

10 June 2009


To muddle through all the problems like terrorism, radicalization, poverty and energy crisis that Pakistan is currently facing requires a policy shift,” noted Dr. Shaheen, a research fellow at   the Institute for Regional Studies Islamabad (IRS), while addressing a session organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) Islamabad on September 29, 2009 at its premises. While recounting the factors of extremism in Pakistan, Dr. Shaheen, recommended strategies to counter... Read More

“Countering Extremism: Strategies and Sharing Best Practices”

06 May 2009


“Militants wanted power, not Nizam-e-Adl,” said federal minister for religious affairs while addressing a two days international seminar titled “Countering Extremism: Strategies and Sharing Best Practices” which opened on 4 May in Islamabad. The seminar is organized by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in collaboration with the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Qauid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. The minister said that the... Read More

Pakistan Needs to Develop Consensus on Combating Radicalization and Extremism: Parvaiz Hoodbhoy

24 April 2009


“There is need to create harmony and consensus in the society and the political forces to combat radicalization and extremism as their threat is rapid increasing. Radicalization is a process or series of experiences that an individual goes through, and at the end of which it becomes an extremist, the ultimate outcome of which is violence. At first a perception develops in such individuals that there is one and only one right way, and all other ways are wrong and... Read More

External Players Will Continue to Exploit Pakistan’s Internal Security Threats if Left Unmanaged

20 April 2009


“The security challenges to Pakistan in the form of religious extremism, terrorism and radicalization, are internal and real, which if not managed through a comprehensive security policy will continue to be exploited by the external players. Once the internal security issues are resolved, the external links of the miscreants, militants and nationalist insurgents will cease to exist or reduced to minimum”. Mr. Muhammad Amir Rana, Director Pak Institute for... Read More

Crisis of Political Development and Human Rights Violations

Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi

01 April 2009

Research Article

There is a deep correlation between the crisis of political development ? multidimensional in definition ? and violations of human rights in a state or society. Key research at micro and macro level supports the hypothesis that a country suffering from the former is prone to the latter. The higher the intensity of the  crisis,  the  greater  the  incidence  of  rights  violations  are,  as  is  evident  in  the  case... Read More

Post-Diaspora Generations in Europe Suffer from Identity Crisis: Prof. Catrina Kinnvall

27 March 2009


“The second and the third generations of the immigrants into Europe, including UK, France, Netherlands and Denmark etc., are suffering from identity crisis and generation conflict. They have a sense of structural or socio-psychological discrimination and are attaching themselves to global Islam with an increasing pace”, this was stated by Miss Catrina Kinnvall, Associate Professor at Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden. She was... Read More

When Defined Objectively, Radicalization Seems Very Close to War: Wusat Ullah Khan

11 March 2009


“Radicalization is a state of mind or ideology that is not static. It is linked with extremism and terrorism when it comes to achieve its targets. While war is an instrument to achieve the national and group interests and targets, radicalization can be defined objectively in the same domain; but it may not be the only definitional relevance. Radicals use violent means to bring change and sometimes states also do the same as Hitler and Stalin used brutal force to... Read More

Human Rights Reporting in Pakistani Media

Safdar Sial

01 March 2009

Research Article

Pakistan’s Urdu and English print and electronic media understand and present human rights issues in a variety of ways. The manner in which newspapers, magazines and television channels portray human rights issues and defenders, and victims of violations and abuse shapes people’s opinion. It also affects policymaking and legislation. This study intends to determine how journalists and media organizations view and report human rights issues in Pakistan. Conversely, an effort has also... Read More

Radicalization Can be Religious, Secular, Political or Economic Phenomenon: Shabana Fayyaz

26 February 2009


Radicalization is as an ongoing phenomenon and to define it there is need to look at the theoretical interpretations of the subject overtime. One must understand the radicalization in context of theories and approaches put forward by traditionalists/behaviorists, structuralists and constructivists. Radicalization is a process, which is not stagnant in its nature. In its definition objective and subjective elements are involved. It is an interactive phenomenon. One... Read More

Radicalization in Pakistan: Journalists See Media's Reconciliatory Role as Desirable

13 February 2009


Participants of the PIPS media workshop Radicalization has become too a complex phenomenon in Pakistan to be tackled by media alone. Media should, however, play the role of a mediator between government and the people. Becoming a motivational force for peace, Pakistani media can initiate a dialogue and based-on-it reconciliation. But for this, media groups and journalists would have to adopt unbiased approaches, develop internal coordination... Read More

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