Pakistan

Timeline of NAP actions


PIPS

07 December 2015

Research Article

Timeline of NAP actions When? What? The source? Dec. 30, 2014 The five religious educational boards agreed to consider government proposal of adding modern education in their syllabus. Dawn, December 31, 2014, http://www.dawn.com/news/1154216/seminaries-agree-to-consider-incorporating-modern-education. Jan. 1, 2015 The federal government has set up three special... Read More

Dead wrong


Najam U Din

07 December 2015

Research Article

  Immediately after the December 16 Taliban attack on Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar last year, Pakistan scrapped a six-year informal moratorium on executions, and approved “execution of death penalty in terrorism-related cases”.[1] The executions had been suspended in December 2008. Within a week, by December 24, the federal government facilitated a ‘national consensus’ on a National Action Plan (NAP) to counter terrorism.... Read More

Special courts


Shahzad Akbar

07 December 2015

Research Article

In light of National Action Plan, several military-led special courts have been set up across the country. Today, they operate with secrecy. This sets wrong precedent. In any case, military courts are not the solution to cut in militancy in the long-range. What is needed is a long-term strategy, which, instead of dismantling the constitutional setup, strengthens it. So far, that is still missing. Shrouded in secrecy After the Peshawar carnage, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced... Read More

NACTA, nay activated


Tariq Parvez

07 December 2015

Research Article

One had thought that the horrific terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014 would evoke a robust response. Much hope was pinned on the National Action Plan, a list of actions the government announced to fight terrorism in the country.[1]Not least, because the National Counter Terrorism Authority [NACTA], is often taken as a coordinating point of all steps of NAP.[2] This was a decision of fundamental nature for integrating and orchestrating the national counter... Read More

Hate speech and restricted speech: striking a balance


Marvi Sirmed

07 December 2015

Research Article

The twenty-point National Action Plan, announced in the wake of Peshawar school attack, carries almost all aspects of countering terrorism, ranging from the all-out violence to extremism/radicalisation. Much of the news about NAP these days revolves around the issues having short-term significance like special courts and military operation. The issues having impact beyond today are missed out. For example, issues of extremism and radicalisation that lie at the core of the problem of... Read More

Terrorism financing


Safiya Aftab

07 December 2015

Research Article

P akistan’s counter terrorism (CT) efforts often revolve around intelligence gathering, followed by policing, and, in many cases, undercover intelligence-led operations. These are no doubt integral CT components. But for counter-terror efforts to be effective in the longer term, the approach should be multipronged, also focusing on funding of terrorist activities. An important CT activity, therefore, is denting the militant economy, through all... Read More

Stopping the banned groups


Mehwish Rani

07 December 2015

Research Article

W hile the NAP lays down a comprehensive framework for combating the entire spectrum of the terrorist threat in Pakistan, its seventh point calls for taking steps against “re-emergence of banned militant organizations.” Clampdown Almost immediately after NAP was released in January, a spurt of activity followed. Sub committees headed by federal ministers to monitor each point of the plan, were set up, though nothing has been heard about them... Read More

Establishing a Counter Terrorism Force


Farhan Zahid

07 December 2015

Research Article

  M any efforts similar to NAP were made in the past. In May 2014, for instance, the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2014-18 was presented, having many features similar to the NAP such as: reforming madrassas, building capacity of security forces, raising anti-terrorist force, enhancing coordination among security agencies, dealing with Afghan refugees, and curbing terrorist financing. But, NISP failed to materialize, not only because of... Read More

German scholar Dr. Reetz argues Pakistan can benefit from changing regional dynamics


04 December 2015

Events

A visiting German professor Dr. Dietrich Reetz argued that the world is increasingly moving from Cold War binary to a multipolar world, which will give room to geo-economics instead of geo-politics. This phenomenal change has provided a market place for competitive projects. Pakistan should adjust its interests accordingly. Dr. Reetz expressed these views during a discussion “Pakistan between South and Central Asia: Bridge or Stumbling Block?” organized by Pak Institute for... Read More

95% of laws are Islamic in Pakistan: Dr. Khalid


03 December 2015

Events

In Pakistan, 95% of the laws are Islamic; only 5% are those in which Council of Islamic Ideology have proposed changes as per Quran and Sunnah. Yet people of Pakistan, from a layman to an education person, think that there is no Islamic law in Pakistan. Such is the confusion around, a confusion created by the clergy. These views were expressed by renowned Islamic scholar and former chair of CII Dr. Khalid Masood, at the launch of his book. The event was organized by Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

Book touches upon the multi-dimensional relations between Pakistan and China


02 December 2015

Events

On November 25, 2015, Pak Institute for Peace Studies co-hosted a ceremony marking book launch on China-Pakistan friendship. The book “You and Us: Stories of China and Pakistan” is a compilation of the stories of those friendship, penned by former Chinese diplomats and officials. Speakers from both China and Pakistan appreciated the release of the book, underscoring its importance in understanding the holistic nature of friendship between the two countries. Several pointed... Read More

Zero tolerance for militancy in Punjab


Aoun Sahi

29 October 2015

Research Article

O n December 25th, 2014, nine days after Pakistani Taliban attacked Army Public School in Peshawar, killing 150, mostly children, the country’s political leadership approved a comprehensive 20-point National Action Plan against terrorism. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a televised address to the nation, described the incident as having “transformed the country.” Rare admission Beyond the usual vows of countering the “terrorist... Read More

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