Pakistan

Islam puts great emphasis on justice, rights and rule of law: religious scholars


23 May 2014

Events

  Islam has laid down some guiding principles on justice, rights and responsibilities, equality and rule of law, which should become the basis of any political system that undertakes to govern an Islamic state. In that regard democracy appears very close to Islam. These thoughts were expressed by leading religious scholars in a seminar on “Democracy and constitution of Pakistan: viewpoints of clergy and religious scholars (II),” organized by Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

Islam does not support one kind of state system: religious scholars


22 May 2014

Events

Religious scholars and religious-political parties will have to work for improvement in the current political system of Pakistan while staying within the country’s constitutional framework and system of government. Any system of government that is not based on social justice and fairness is opposed to one espoused in Islam. Islam does not support a single governmental system. Nor can one system be implemented everywhere in the world. However Islam has provided some overarching... Read More

Tackling violent conflict and extremism in Karachi


18 May 2014

Events

Robust political will, enhanced operational capacity and depoliticizing of police force, and better coordination between law enforcement and intelligence agencies are imperative to effectively tackle the ongoing unrest and violence in Karachi. These views were expressed by speakers in a seminar on “Tackling violent conflict and extremism in Karachi” organized jointly by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) and AKTIS Strategy in Islamabad on May 16.     The... Read More

Obstacles in education prosperity in Pakistan and our responsibilities


01 May 2014

Events

The lack of political will and accountability, delay in formulating education policy, insufficient education budget, declining standards and commercialization are the major obstacles in education prosperity in Pakistan. The government, policymakers and politicians should focus the education sector in order to overcome the education emergency in Pakistan. This was the consensus among participants of a seminar titled “Obstacles in education prosperity in Pakistan and our... Read More

Role of education in national development and state-building: a case study of Pakistan


01 April 2014

Events

  Pakistani government should initiate long-term projects in education sector which would introduce students of religious seminaries, or madrassas, and universities to modern ways of research and learning. Also, Pakistan’s education systems should focus on raising curiosity among students for getting knowledge instead of offering a mere system of passing examination. These views were expressed by students of madrassas and universities in a session of dialogue jointly held by... Read More

The Arab Spring: Impact and Implications


22 March 2014

Events

Pak Institute for Peace Studies organized a three-day international conference in Kathmandu, Nepal from February 28 to March 2, 2014 in conjunction with Beijing–based Institute of Ethnic Minority Groups Development Research (IEMGDR) and the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), USA. The conference focused on two themes: the Arab Spring: impact and implications; and religion and security. The former part of the conference examined religious, political, geostrategic and nationalistic... Read More

Prosperity and Stability Require Investment in Education


31 December 2013

Events

The state of education in Pakistan is miserable and requires an emergency response. The developing nations are progressing fast because of their investment in education. Both Pakistani state and society have to realize that the dream of prosperity and stability cannot be fulfilled without focusing on education. Being a teacher, parent, religious scholar, politician, civil society activist, journalist and a citizen as well as the government we all need to do efforts for promotion of education in... Read More

Editors and columnists of Islamic periodicals agree to play their role in ending education emergency in Pakistan


25 December 2013

Events

  The federal and provincial governments should take immediate steps required to implement the Article 25-A of the Constitution which ensures the free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years. Also, there is need for establishing a national commission comprising members from all segments of society to formulate a unanimous national policy on education. As far as increased demand for education is concerned, Islamic magazines, newspapers and journals... Read More

Dialogue can Reduce Ideological Polarization among Students of Madrassas and Universities


12 November 2013

Events

Conflicting notions of Pakistan’s ideology, extremist interpretations of religion and lack of tolerance among most of Pakistanis are at the heart of critical challenges facing Pakistan. Economic decay and dearth of opportunities for Pakistani youth further compound the problem. Students of madrassas and universities expressed these thoughts in a dialogue organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in collaboration with Khudi Pakistan in Islamabad on... Read More

Creating an environment that counteracts militant ideologies and radicalism in Pakistan


21 October 2013

Events

Ambiguous state policies, incoherent and often conflicting institutional responses, distorted education syllabi, and media’s inability to educate the people are among the factors that have let the perils of extremism and militancy grow in Pakistan. Failure to address these areas and to evolve and implement a comprehensive de-radicalization program in Pakistan would not only strengthen the militants’ ideological narratives in society but also weaken the... Read More

Peace, Harmony and Coexistence: National and Religious Obligations


30 August 2013

Events

It is not so much the religious conflict as a matter of social behaviours that fuels intolerance and extremism in Pakistani society. Poor academic and intellectual responses, absence of dialogue and interaction among different sections of society, the use of religion as a political tool by Pakistani state, presence of extremist groups and ideologies in the country, and socioeconomic injustices and marginalisation are some other factors. These views were expressed by... Read More

Political Cost the ANP Paid in Its Fight against Extremists


Khadim Hussain

16 August 2013

Research Article

The policies and plans implemented by the Awami National Party (ANP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during its five year rule there (2008-2012) were based on its manifesto for the 2008 general elections, on the basis of which it had managed to get a clear public mandate.   As it had categorically pronounced in its 2008 election campaign to fight against pervading violent and militant discourses in the province and the wider region, the ANP-led government eventually took a stern stand against the... Read More

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