Security-centric Approaches Bar Effective De-radicalization

15 August 2012


States have failed to evolve comprehensive counter-radicalization and de-radicalization responses and strategies because of their largely security-centric approaches and less emphasis on dealing with extremism and radicalism in sociocultural, economic and political perspectives. This argument emerged as a consensus point among the participants of a focused group discussion on ‘assessment of de-radicalization models’, organized by Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

The Thirst for Knowledge Lacks in Pakistani Education System

11 July 2012


Pakistan’s education system has inadequate capacity and substance to promote the spirit of inquiry, thirst for knowledge and critical thinking among the students. Education provided by different public and private educational institutions and madrassas lacks quality and diversity. It is imperative for the government to set some standard principles of education, bridge the existing gaps between religious and mainstream education systems and allocate ample funds for... Read More

The Arab Spring: Shift in the Middle East and Implications for Pakistan

12 June 2012


There are some similarities and several differences between the situations in pakistan in recent years and the state of affairs in those Middle Eastern and North African countries where mass uprisings were characterized as the Arab spring over the past one year or so. Distinct factors have been dictatorial regimes, corruption, and lack of basic freedoms in the Arab spring countries. Conspiracy theories abound about the western involvement in the events of the Arab... Read More

Religious Scholars Note that Extremists do Selective and Political Use of Islam

10 May 2012


The religious radicals and extremists in Pakistan use Islam as a tool to achieve their vested political goals and objectives. To get politico-ideological support of the people for that purpose they have invented a new method of making selective inferences from the Holy Quran and sayings of the Prophet (ahadith, plural of hadith) overriding all other Quranic verses and ahadith, which is clearly conflicting with Islamic tradition of using a holistic approach regarding... Read More

Pakistan can Learn from Indonesian Experience of Reforms in Islamic Education

02 May 2012


Pakistan’s religious organizations and scholars have a lot to learn from the non-political and public-oriented approach of the Indonesia Islamic organizations to educate people according to peaceful and dynamic principles of Islam. Like Indonesians, Pakistani religious scholars can respond effectively to challenges of extremism and intolerance through the reforms in religious education system particularly by updating and diversifying the curriculum, resorting to... Read More

“Embroiled in its own crises, Pakistan is least concerned about the Arab Spring”

02 May 2012


The Arab Spring, a recent wave of civil uprisings and demonstrations in the Arab countries, hasnot received much attention in Pakistan. Pakistani government and people appear least concerned about it seemingly due to internal mess of political, economic and security crises.Nonetheless, it is a least likely scenario that the Arab Spring may replicate itself in Pakistan as we have already democratic government and institutions in place and several avenues of expression... Read More

Jamal Benhayoun hits bookstalls with ‘Narration, Navigation and Colonialism’

25 April 2012


In this unique script, Prof Jamal, a member of Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies’(PIPS) Advisory Board, has tried to establish a connection between narration and navigation with strong arguments that heroes and authors of the 17th and 18th century English narrative adventures were involved in shipping and navigation. The author quoted several English narrations, and in all cases, these narratives start with the narrators on board ships and end with them once again taking charge of... Read More

PIPS Launches Report on its Yearlong Engagement-for-Peace with Religious Scholars

21 March 2012


Scholars, policy advisors and representatives of academic and research institutes acknowledged the role of religious scholars in promoting peace and harmony in society and agreed that they should be engaged in dialogue with other segments of society for that purpose. They emphasized that such a dialogue was much needed not only to facilitate interaction and accommodation between the religious and secular discourses in the country but also to create awareness among... Read More

‘Pakistanis are Rhetorically Aggressive but Moderate in Action’

17 January 2012


The People in Pakistan have a common tendency to use radical rhetoric when discussing other religions, sects, nations, and people, whereas when  it  comes  down  to  their  practical behavior, the majority  of  Pakistanis  are still  moderate. The majority of the people in Pakistan do not have a specific lust for bloodshed and violence, however a huge majority wants to see Islamic legislation (Shariah) actually... Read More

Ulama Decide to Counter Violent Ideologies through Political and Academic Responses

06 January 2012


The Islamist organizations construct their arguments around religion and political rhetoric to effectively propagate their violent ideologies. A proper response to such ideologies of the Islamists should therefore emphasize the use of the same methodology. The state, religious scholars, or Ulama, and intellectuals share the responsibility to guide the people about the critical issues that factor in creation of violent tendencies in Pakistan’s society. These views... Read More

International moot demands better efforts from media bodies, governments to protect journalists

16 December 2011


ISLAMABAD: Safety of journalists must be the top priority for media organisations as well as state institutions in order to ensure the freedom of media in Pakistan, concluded speakers at a two-day international media conference organised by Pak Institute for Peace Studies and Intermedia Pakistan in Islamabad on December 12 & 13, 2011. The speakers at the conference, titled ‘Media and Professionalism: Keeping Journalists and Journalism Safe in Hostile... Read More

Not All Western Intellectualism is Contradictory to Islam

23 November 2011


Western political thoughts and intellectual trends, which are not contradictory to basic Islamic principles, can be followed and implemented in political and state systems of Pakistan. We need knowledge-based, and not belief-based, intellectual discourses to respond to emerging local and global challenges. Intellectuals and religious scholars said in a one-day workshop with madrasa students and teachers, which was organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies at Jamia... Read More

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