‘Functional SAARC viable for regional cooperation’: Nepalese scholar

24 January 2017


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... Read More

Pakistan-Afghanistan media should orient debates beyond blame game: PIPS roundtable

14 March 2017


On 14 March 2017, PIPS, with the support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), hosted a roundtable dialogue, “Pakistan-Afghanistan relations: transforming through media”. The dialogue hosted ten visiting Afghan journalists, who were selected in an exchange program, and was attended by senior experts, journalists, and former officials from Pakistan. Participants at the roundtable agreed that for all the attempts to overcome past bitterness between Pakistan and... Read More

12 media students trained on video journalism

17 March 2017


On March 17 and March 18, Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) trained 12 media students on the essentials of video journalism, in Islamabad.  12 students from mass communication & media studies departments were selected from a pool of several universities from all over the country. Students came from the following universities and outlets: University of Karachi (UoK)    2 Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST)  ... Read More

Treating citizens and regions with equality, will dent extremist spaces

17 April 2017


CVE Consultation-5 To deal with the menace of extremism in the long-run, there is a need to treat all citizens of the country and their areas with equality, as promised in the constitution. Only then can the ideological and physical spaces against militants be secured. These recommendations were suggested by the working-group discussing “Constitution, Governance, and Citizenship”, the fifth in a series of consultation conveyed by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) on... Read More

Reviving inclusive spaces will enable young people to resist extremism

18 April 2017


CVE Consultation-6 To shrink the extremist appeal, young people shall be provided with inclusive public and private spaces, both in physical and digital realms, where they can frequently interact with each other. These will enable them shed their misperceptions about each other, thereby steering them away from linear thoughts and making them less vulnerable to extremist notions. These recommendations were suggested by the working-group discussing “Youth engagement programs”,... Read More

To address militancy holistically, NAP shall be revised, bifurcating in soft and hard components

10 April 2017


CVE Consultation-4 Members of a working group called for revising National Action Plan afresh, dividing into two broader components, Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE). The first component, CT, shall deal with the hard approaches of countering militancy, dealing with militancy in the immediate sphere. The second component, CVE, shall curb militancy in the long-term. The suggestions came from a working group discussing “effective implementation of National... Read More

“National Charter of Peace” be produced to eradicate extremism

03 April 2017


CVE Consultation-3 To root out extremism, state players, civil society, and religious stakeholders should hold multi-pronged dialogues on critical philosophical issues of the state and society, producing “National Charter of Peace”. The document will greatly curb extremist ideologies in the country. These recommendations were suggested by a working group discussing on “national dialogue and social contract”. This was the third dialogue in a series conveyed by Pak... Read More

“Engaging parliament key in shaping religious narrative against extremism”

20 March 2017


CVE Consultation-1 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... Read More

High-powered parliament-endorsed commissions required to review dealing with militant groups

27 March 2017


CVE Consultation-2 To deal with the menace of militancy in the country, parliament should constitute high-powered commissions aimed at reviewing the policies that produced militants and at mainstreaming those willing to shun violence. These recommendations were suggested by a working group discussing “Rehabilitation and Reintegration of different Brands of Militants”. This was the second dialogue in a series of planned meetings that was convened by Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

Regulate conventional and new media to check extremism

24 April 2017


CVE Consultation-7  To check the flow of extremist content, there is a need to regulate all forms of media platform, especially current-affairs shows, entertainment programs, cyber spaces, and religious publications. These suggestions came in a national-level consultation discussing “Media engagement programs”, the eighth in a series of consultation suggesting mechanism to counter violent extremism, hosted by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), on April 24, 2017 at... Read More

Reclaiming cultural spaces can curb extremism

25 April 2017


CVE Consultation-8 Given that one of the direct casualties of extremism in the country is its rich diversity, providing enabling environment for pluralism can fade out extremist voices. To do so, the government shall, on priority, approve culture policy upholding diversity and release “Cultural National Action Plan”, securing pluralistic spaces across the country.  These suggestions came in a national-level consultation discussing “Cultural diversity and... Read More

Producing inquisitive, knowledgeable society can help counter extremism

02 May 2017


CVE Consultation-9 Any attempt to counter extremism from the society cannot ignore reform in the education sector. This much is repeatedly stressed. A working group has suggested that any measure aimed at reforming measure should aim at achieving knowledge-based society.  Only then can individuals be engaged be more immune to the monolithic messaging of militants. The working group discussed education forms, the ninth in a series conveyed by Pak Institute for Peace Studies... Read More
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