‘Teachers can help curb emerging trend of radicalization in universities’

07 September 2017


Teachers in a day-long dialogue agreed that radicalization in the country is a multi-faceted phenomenon, hitting diverse segment of society, including students. Increasingly, some of them are reported to have fallen for radical messages through social media; others are unable to condemn the act of militants openly out of their deep-set biases. To overcome this problem, teachers should be engaged, imparting students with skills that open them to diverse opinion in classroom and that equip... Read More

PIPS hosts dissemination workshop aimed at countering violent extremism in Punjab

13 October 2017


On 13 October 2017, PIPS hosted a dissemination workshop in Lahore, sharing findings of the six Punjab dialogue forums discussing different aspects of countering violent extremism in the province. The forums were attended by a mix of scholars, academics, policy makers and civil society representatives. The dissemination workshop was chaired by Kazi Javed who appreciated the breadth of debates that took place in the consultations. He shared that all sorts of issues came under discussion,... Read More

A robust social contract puts people at center of the debate

27 October 2017


On 27 October 2017, PIPS launched “Imraani Muahiday ki Tashkeel-i-Nau (Reconstruction of Social Contract)”, authored by Dr. Khalil Ahmed, a political philosopher. The event was attended by teachers, academics, media, and was chaired by educationist A.H Nayer. The chair noted with curiosity that the book repeatedly points that different sections of the society have been calling for revising social contract in the country. Grievances have come from ethnic groups to religious... Read More

Understanding North Punjab in the Context of Pakistani Diaspora in Britain

Safdar Sial

17 March 2011

Research Article

A census report by the Institute for Public Policy Research in London counted that 7.53 percent of Britain’s population in 2001 was born overseas.2 Among the top non-UK birthplaces of Britain's population, Pakistan was ranked third after Republic of Ireland and India.3 British Pakistanis mainly hail from three parts of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir: Mirpur, which has produced more than 42 percent of their over one million population in Britain,4 and North and Central Punjab. Many British... Read More

Zero tolerance for militancy in Punjab

Aoun Sahi

29 October 2015

Research Article

O n December 25th, 2014, nine days after Pakistani Taliban attacked Army Public School in Peshawar, killing 150, mostly children, the country’s political leadership approved a comprehensive 20-point National Action Plan against terrorism. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a televised address to the nation, described the incident as having “transformed the country.” Rare admission Beyond the usual vows of countering the “terrorist... Read More

Islam puts great emphasis on justice, rights and rule of law: religious scholars

23 May 2014


  Islam has laid down some guiding principles on justice, rights and responsibilities, equality and rule of law, which should become the basis of any political system that undertakes to govern an Islamic state. In that regard democracy appears very close to Islam. These thoughts were expressed by leading religious scholars in a seminar on “Democracy and constitution of Pakistan: viewpoints of clergy and religious scholars (II),” organized by Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

“Teachers should learn how to engage with students of diverse faiths”

06 June 2016


PIPS workshop with teachers and educationists-III One of the central challenges to teachers of Islamic studies is how to engage with the diversity around them. Curriculum with questionable content, for sure, is one thing, but equally important is for teachers to learn and practice the ways to engage and sensitively reach out to students from diverse faiths. These thoughts came in a two-day training workshop titled “Role of teachers in improving social cohesion and religious... Read More

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