200 college and madrassa students engaged in mutual learning activities

14 July 2017


Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) successfully engaged around 200 college and madrassa students in a series of joint extra-curricular activities with a view to shed mutually held misperception and stereotypes between the two groups. These activities, spanning six months, were part of the “Hum Ahang” (In Harmony) initiative. Between December 2016 and January 2017, the 200 students participated group-wise in a series of four two-day youth camps in Lahore, comprising of study... Read More

Capacity-building urged to ensure charity goes to the right hands

06 July 2017


Provincial Dialogue Forum – 3 The money collected in the name of charity is often misused for extremist causes, in part because the state lacks capacity to trace terror financing but also because the donor lacks awareness of the end result of the money. While state should enhance its capacity to monitor the money trail of banned outfits, the people should also be sensitized on the money they donate. These thoughts emerged in the third provincial dialogue forum on Punjab, held... Read More

‘Stereotypes towards marginalized groups a widespread phenomenon’: PIPS’s dialogue forum

05 July 2017


Provincial Dialogue Forum – 2 It is to the absence of social harmony that non-Muslims in Pakistan are being treated as outsiders not only by radicals but also apparently-moderate individuals. Even in elite institutions, there are numerous instances of students or teachers passing comments that reek of bias and stereotypes against non-Muslims. These thoughts came in the second provincial dialogue forum on Punjab, held in Lahore, on 5 July 2017. Noted scholars, academics,... Read More

PIPS disseminated “Code of Ethics for Pakistan Media” nation-wide

05 June 2017


Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) has hosted a series of education and awareness workshops on the code of ethics for Pakistani media, in the four provincial capitals and Islamabad. The learning activity, held at press clubs of the respective cities, disseminated the “Code of Ethics for Pakistani Media” and generated debate on it. Pakistan Coalition of Ethical Journalism (PCEJ), a media watchdog body, comprising of senior journalists, oversaw the development of Code of Ethics... Read More

PIPS hosts “Inclusive and Secure Pakistan” seminar, calls upon parliamentarians to address the multi-dimensional issue of extremism

25 May 2017


On 25 May 2017, PIPS hosted “Inclusive and Secure Pakistan” seminar, releasing a national policy report on how to counter violent extremism in Pakistan, and discussing debate on the content of that document. Participants of the seminar urged upon the parliamentarians to help confront the issue by instilling a fresh narrative, overseeing policies impacting internal peace, tightening rules and procedures of extremist-fighting bodies, and above all holding debates on the causes... Read More

“Teacher must support environment of co-existence in classroom by promoting curiosity and communication skills”

23 May 2017


To bring about mutual co-existence in a diverse country like Pakistan, it is imperative to listen to all concern stakeholders without resorting to conflict. The mutually-agreed solution to the problem should be founded on logic and rational thinking. Teachers can help attain such level by imparting inquisitive communication skills and promoting curiosity in students, encouraging them to address problems relevant to today’s society.   These views came in a workshop on the role... Read More

“Teachers must respect diversity in classrooms” – PIPS workshop

22 May 2017


Teachers can help in building a healthy and inclusive society by supporting and building environment in classroom that promotes atmosphere of tolerance and co-existence among diverse background students. Pre-requisite for such an environment is that teachers should be properly trained and well-off in respective knowledge areas.  These views came in a workshop for over 30 college teachers from Gilgit-Baltistan and all the agencies of Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The... Read More

“Teachers should absorb diverse opinions” Workshop in Lahore

16 May 2017


PIPS workshop with teachers and educationists-I Teachers shape societies; a good teacher should be receptive to inclusive opinions. But teachers, influenced by one or other political consideration, end up distorting society, towards parochialism. This was shared in the one-day training program on “The role of teachers in social and religious harmony”, arranged by Pak Institute for peace studies (PIPS) in Lahore on May 16th, 2017, attended by more than thirty (30) teachers... Read More

‘Teachers should play intellectual input in today’s time to stay as role models’

15 May 2017


PIPS workshop with teachers and educationists-I For a teacher to be relevant in today’s time, he or she must pay attention to critical intellectual challenges of the country and stay updated with the usage of modern technologies. Only then can they respond to the needs of the students, swaying them away from extremism. These thoughts came in a day-long workshop held with teachers, on the role of teachers in social and religious harmony, held on 15 May 2017 in Lahore. Around 30... Read More

‘Revive Punjab’s pluralistic culture to fight extremism’: Punjab dialogue forum

12 May 2017


Punjab’s cultural diversity is regarded as shield against the extremist views, but violence has been eroding that pluralism. Even the rich cultural events have been overtaken by narrow events along sectarian lines in otherwise inclusive towns of Punjab. These views were expressed by participants of the first provincial-level consultation on countering violent extremism. The consultation, aptly titled “Securing Punjab’s Diversity” was organized by Pak Institute for... Read More

Holistic internal security policy need of the hour

03 May 2017


CVE Consultation-10 A consolidated internal security policy be devised, which articulates the roadmap towards addressing those challenges. Only then can violent extremism of all shades be extirpated from the society. These thoughts came in the working group session on “Internal security and challenges”, the tenth in a series of sessions aimed at countering violent extremism, organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), on May 03, 2017, at Hotel Margala,... Read More

Producing inquisitive, knowledgeable society can help counter extremism

02 May 2017


CVE Consultation-9 Any attempt to counter extremism from the society cannot ignore reform in the education sector. This much is repeatedly stressed. A working group has suggested that any measure aimed at reforming measure should aim at achieving knowledge-based society.  Only then can individuals be engaged be more immune to the monolithic messaging of militants. The working group discussed education forms, the ninth in a series conveyed by Pak Institute for Peace Studies... Read More

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