Latest: Pakistan Security Report 2016
While militant attacks declined in 2016, militant groups continue to remain a potent threat, with many widening their scope, narrowing their ideology, and evolving within the new spaces. These threats will linger on for long, unless the state moves beyond the hard approaches.
In 2016, as with the preceding years, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) remained the major actor of instability in the country, carrying out 106 attacks. 2016 also saw rise of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, with 66 attacks. Part of JA’s relative rise owes to the weakening of the TTP’s operational capability. This reality of how militant dynamics evolve should not be lost upon policy makers, note PIPS’s 2016 security report.
Report on international conference on regulating broadcast media, released
The work of broadcast journalists can help expose wrongs and uphold rights. These can be achieved if the broadcast media, recent entrant with great following, is regulated in line with the global standards. These call for making regulator an independent body, tightening laws to do away with loopholes restricting speech on ambiguous grounds, and diversifying the revenue pool of TV channels.
These are some of the findings of the report released by Pak Institute for Peace Studies, an Islamabad-based think-tank. “Regulating Broadcast Media: Challenges and Reforms” is compiled from the thoughts and experiences shared in international conference, organized by PIPS, on regulating broadcast regulation, held in July in Islamabad. More than 50 media professionals, including journalists, trainers, and regulators participated in that conference.
Latest: Spring 2016, Conflict and Peace Studies
There is a need for direct and sustained multi-layered engagement between Pakistan and Afghanistan – for sure, discussing Taliban, a key irritant, but not them alone. Without such a framework, bilateral ties will continue to remain hostage to Taliban.
These are some of the findings of the PIPS special report reviewing Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan. The report comprises of insights on the roots of tensions between the two countries, the status of peace talks to the dynamics of Taliban movement, the issue of Pashtun factor in Pakistan’s policy, the trends in transit trade through Pakistan, among other. The journal calls Pakistan for investing in soft power in Afghanistan, with which it shares religion, culture, language, and border. It calls upon Pakistan to realize the changing environment around Afghanistan too...
Published:Promoting Inclusive and Tolerant Educational Narratives
Removing the twisted narratives in the textbooks will help check students falling for radical ideas. This much is known. Now a new study by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) calls for sensitizing teachers in thinking critically and inclusively, and accepting and celebrating religious diversity in the classroom. The study “Promoting Inclusive and Tolerant Educational Narratives” compiles findings of the three 2-day workshops held with 101 university and college teachers, mostly of Islamic studies and Arabic departments, from all over the country. These teachers were chosen because, as the study notes, they also steer and influence the discourse of subjects like Pakistan studies, history, and social sciences – subjects often singled out for biases against minorities. This study shares insights in issues discussed like such as identity, citizenship, diversity, critical thinking, history, religion, besides othters.
Study on the role of post-noon activities of madrassa students in radical orientation, released
This study was designed to assess the day-to-day activities of the students after their study hours, which usually ends with noon prayers. The purpose was to learn whether those activities are, in any case, responsible for radicalizing them.
This study, while reiterating that the worldview of madrassa students is shaped along the sect, to which they subscribe, also note that their likes and dislikes about the world beyond the madrassa’s confines are not much dissimilar to the society’s in general.
Dr. Qibla Ayaz, former vice chancellor of Peshawar University, led the study by surveying a total of 50 students and 16 teachers of five madrassas in Peshawar and Islamabad. Download Now
Study on reconstructing national narratives and Counter-Violent Extremism released
This study provides a detailed account of the features of the national narrative along with a proposed Counter-Violent Extremism model, to curb extremism in the country.
Ever since its inception in 2006, Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) has been working on countering radicalization, extremism, and militancy. “Reconstruction of the National Narratives and Counter-Violent Extremism Model for Pakistan” studies itself is an outcome of PIPS’s previous work along with the input from the dialogue group, comprising scholars and practitioners.
The study constitutes of two major parts: guiding principles of the national narrative that can help curb extremism, followed by a unique Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE) to translate the narrative into practical actions. This model’s uniqueness stems from its Pakistan-specific context. Download Now