Pakistan

“Pakistan Saga Awards” Celebrate Videos on Social Harmony and Peace


02 December 2016

Events

Amid news about tensions among varied groups and communities in the country, what is forgotten is how there are hundreds of examples of peaceful co-existence among those same communities. Attempts should be made to showcase those examples more often. These thoughts were expressed by speakers in “Pakistan Saga and Narratives” award ceremony, in which inspiring video reports, celebrating unsung heroes, peaceful messages, and shared responsibilities were displayed. The ceremony,... Read More

Sensitizing on Pakistan’s obligations under international law will help in countering extremism


16 November 2016

Events

Pakistani people from all shades of society should be sensitized on Pakistan’s obligations under international law, especially the treaties Pakistan is bound to follow. This will greatly steer their thoughts away from getting radicalized too easily. These views were expressed by international law expert, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, in his exclusive talk hosted by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think-tank studying conflict and security related issues in the... Read More

‘Critical thinking will help build inclusive society’


26 August 2016

Events

Teachers should encourage critical thinking in classrooms so that students can ask questions about the world around them. The state, too, should invest in social sciences. These will, in the long run, help nurture an inclusive narrative in the country.   These were some of the key points discussed at the launch of the study by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think tank. The study “Promoting Inclusive and Tolerant Educational Narratives”... Read More

Substantial reform of practice and law of media regulation, a top priority: PIPS Conference


27 July 2016

Events

Participants at an international conference called for substantial reform of the law and practice of media regulation, asking for bringing them in line with relevant constitutional and international human rights standards. They also called for strong protection of freedom of expression, underscoring how media underpins democracy and fights corruption.    These demands were part of the statements released at the end of the day-long international conference on media... Read More

Informed debate should be part of alternative discourse: PIPS Seminar


26 July 2016

Events

To counter the discourse sympathetic to extremism, there is a need for an alternative discourse built on informed debate, research, and realities grounded in present-day. There were some of the common points discussed by leading national experts, at launch of two studies of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think-tank. One of the two studies, “Reconstruction of the National Narratives and Counter-Violent Extremism Model in Pakistan”, shared... Read More

To curb extremism, PIPS-led scholars suggest the first-of-its-kind inclusive national narrative


27 June 2016

Events

On 23 June 2016, members of a dialogue group discussed the contours of a new national narrative, which, once absorbed by the people of Pakistan, could greatly help dispel the space gained by extremists.  They argued that the prevailing national narrative is often sympathetic to extremisms, to the distress of both state and society. The dialogue group, comprising of diverse scholars and practitioners, was constituted by Pak Institute for Peace Studies, an Islamabad-based... Read More

“Direct engagement between Pakistan and Afghanistan is required”: Launch of PIPS Study


24 June 2016

Events

On 22 June 2016, Pak Institute for Peace Studies launched a comprehensive study reviewing Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan, participated by well-attended audience including political leaders, civil society activists, diplomats, students, and journalists. In early 2016, PIPS solicited commentaries from practitioner and academics in Pakistan on different aspects of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. The basic question was as to what often goes wrong in the smooth functioning of the... Read More

“Teachers should learn how to engage with students of diverse faiths”


06 June 2016

Events

PIPS workshop with teachers and educationists-III One of the central challenges to teachers of Islamic studies is how to engage with the diversity around them. Curriculum with questionable content, for sure, is one thing, but equally important is for teachers to learn and practice the ways to engage and sensitively reach out to students from diverse faiths. These thoughts came in a two-day training workshop titled “Role of teachers in improving social cohesion and religious... Read More

Teachers asked to adopt critical thinking and an inclusive educational approach


03 June 2016

Events

PIPS workshop with teachers and educationists-II   Teachers need to adopt tools of critical inquiry in their own research as well as in teaching others. This will help them keep their teaching content and approaches uninfluenced by political and religious ideologies. While our textbooks and syllabus promote differences among students adhering to different faiths, teachers can play their role to break such stereotypes against one or another. These views were expressed by... Read More

‘Safeguarding minorities will promote Pakistan’s soft image in world’


PIPS workshop with teachers and educationists-I

04 May 2016

Events

    Renowned educationists and scholars argued that followers of the majority faith do not have the right to impose their ideologies on minorities. Instead, they say, protecting minorities and their rights is the way to go, which will also help build a better, softer image of Pakistan. “The day we decide that this country does not solely belong to Muslims but all Pakistanis, we will eventually be able to end intolerance and bring social harmony in society,” they... Read More

PIPS Director’s book wins top German Peace Prize


08 February 2016

Events

Mr. Muhammad Amir Ran, Director of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), secured the top 2016 German Peace Prize for his book “The Militant: Development of the Jihadi Character in Pakistan.” The peace prize was awarded to top three books that “promote peace, international understanding, and tolerance.” Mr. Rana’s book bagged the first prize. Thanking the sponsors, Mr. Amir appreciated the acknowledgment of his work. In his speech, he narrated how... Read More

Pakistan in Saudi-led anti-terrorism alliance?: Background


PIPS

19 December 2015

Research Article

On 15 December, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a military alliance against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh. To the surprise of Pakistan, it too was included in the alliance. Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Office later clarified that it is still looking into the details of the role of Pakistan in the alliance proposal. So, is Pakistan part of the alliance? Or, is it  not? To understand the broader politics behind, do read recent insights by... Read More

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