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. ....
12 media students trained on video journalism
Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) trained 12 media students on the essentials of video journalism, in Islamabad. 12 students from mass communication or media studies departments were selected from a pool of several, from all over the country. Students were trained on producing video reports on a diverse set of issues, mostly to portray the positive image of Pakistan. Their work will be further disseminated through the social media platform of Pakistan Saga.Read more>>
“Engaging parliament key in shaping religious narrative against extremism”
There is a greater need for revisiting the religious narrative that extremists invoke to justify their acts. Whatever be the specifics of the counter discourse, some sort of mechanism may be evolved, not least by engaging parliament and its bodies. These thoughts came from experts discussing “Religious construct of the conflict”, first of the series of working group dialogue aimed at countering violent extremism, hosted by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think-tank,
'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.
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