‘Functional SAARC viable for regional cooperation’: Nepalese scholar
A functional SAARC is a viable option for regional cooperation and progress for the South Asian belt. And will provide a stronger “bargaining power” for the member countries against non-member states while forging new relations. These were some of the views shared by Dr. Yuburaj Sangroula, a Nepalese scholar on international law visiting Pakistan, at an exclusive talk on “Changing regional scenario and cooperation among South Asian countries,” hosted by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad based think-tank. Dr. Sangroula discussed that many South Asian countries were entering into new relations with China, individually. Because these countries do not a singular voice through platforms like SAARC, China has to deal with them separately. This situation is not favorable for either China or SAARC. He asked that while “we [the South Asian countries] are all working in the same direction individually,why don’t we work together?” He wondered as to why integration seems so improbably despite cultural similarities.Read more>>
'Despite decline in militancy, militants still potent threat'
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.
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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...
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
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