Policy brief Implementing National Action Plan released
• This brief summarizes the findings of the fourth working group’s meeting on Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE), which discussed the implementation mechanism of National Action Plan (NAP), the country’s counter-terror plan announced in January 2015.
• A brainchild of all stakeholders, NAP can be evaluated against government's performance on counter-terror front.
• To standardize progress on NAP, a proper implementation mechanism of NAP be charted, including indicators and benchmarks against NAP points, besides adding new points.
• Lacking any long-term measures and impact, all the success marked by NAP may prove temporary. ....
Policy brief National Dialogue and Social Contract released
• This brief summarizes the findings of the third working group on Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE), which deliberatedupon the need for holding national dialogue(s) to address critical politico-philosophical issues in the country, especially those producing and/or supporting extremism, and whether a revised social contract could provide answers.
• Debates around boundaries of state-religion relations dominate much of the Muslim world, the group said. In Pakistan, however, the debate should not be largely pivoted around the construction of social contract, which we already have, or its revision; instead, the prevailing narrative, which ends up sympathizing with those of the extremists, should be scratched.
• Broadly stating, participants called for shaping a narrative that is accommodative towards all citizens; the narrative should be sourced to the constitution. ....
Policy brief Reintegration of Militants released
• This brief summarizes the findings of the second working group on Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE), which deliberated upon the mechanism for reintegrating militants willing to shun violence and/or denounce the practice of takfeer(declaring fellow Muslims out of creed of Islam)
. • Skepticism was also expressed of the results of reintegrating militants into society, given that militant ideologies may yet continue to nurture. However, the group agreed that, to tackle militancy in the long run, attempts should be made of adopting soft approaches, exploring the possibility of reintegrating militants or rehabilitating them back in the society.
• The group called for a Pakistan-specific rehabilitation and reintegration model, which takes into account Pakistan’s specific need, especially its democratic ethos. ....
Policy brief Religious Thought and Conflict released
This brief summarizes the finding of the first working group on Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE). The group deliberated the mechanism for shaping religion-based narratives against extremists’ violent ideologies. The theme of the group was suggested in the PIPS-proposed CVE model presented in 2016. The group debated what could be done to reduce the appeal of militants who quote their interpretations of religious texts, traditions and precedents from Islamic history to propagate their violent ideologies and justify their actions. It also shared the key contours of the new narrative that counters those held and promoted by the extremists. List of recommendations are also provided....