Holistic internal security policy need of the hour

03 May 2017


CVE Consultation-10 A consolidated internal security policy be devised, which articulates the roadmap towards addressing those challenges. Only then can violent extremism of all shades be extirpated from the society. These thoughts came in the working group session on “Internal security and challenges”, the tenth in a series of sessions aimed at countering violent extremism, organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), on May 03, 2017, at Hotel Margala,... Read More

PIPS hosts “Inclusive and Secure Pakistan” seminar, calls upon parliamentarians to address the multi-dimensional issue of extremism

25 May 2017


On 25 May 2017, PIPS hosted “Inclusive and Secure Pakistan” seminar, releasing a national policy report on how to counter violent extremism in Pakistan, and discussing debate on the content of that document. Participants of the seminar urged upon the parliamentarians to help confront the issue by instilling a fresh narrative, overseeing policies impacting internal peace, tightening rules and procedures of extremist-fighting bodies, and above all holding debates on the causes... Read More

PIPS disseminated “Code of Ethics for Pakistan Media” nation-wide

05 June 2017


Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) has hosted a series of education and awareness workshops on the code of ethics for Pakistani media, in the four provincial capitals and Islamabad. The learning activity, held at press clubs of the respective cities, disseminated the “Code of Ethics for Pakistani Media” and generated debate on it. Pakistan Coalition of Ethical Journalism (PCEJ), a media watchdog body, comprising of senior journalists, oversaw the development of Code of Ethics... Read More

“Teachers should absorb diverse opinions” Workshop in Lahore

16 May 2017


PIPS workshop with teachers and educationists-I Teachers shape societies; a good teacher should be receptive to inclusive opinions. But teachers, influenced by one or other political consideration, end up distorting society, towards parochialism. This was shared in the one-day training program on “The role of teachers in social and religious harmony”, arranged by Pak Institute for peace studies (PIPS) in Lahore on May 16th, 2017, attended by more than thirty (30) teachers... Read More

“Teachers must respect diversity in classrooms” – PIPS workshop

22 May 2017


Teachers can help in building a healthy and inclusive society by supporting and building environment in classroom that promotes atmosphere of tolerance and co-existence among diverse background students. Pre-requisite for such an environment is that teachers should be properly trained and well-off in respective knowledge areas.  These views came in a workshop for over 30 college teachers from Gilgit-Baltistan and all the agencies of Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The... Read More

‘Revive Punjab’s pluralistic culture to fight extremism’: Punjab dialogue forum

12 May 2017


Punjab’s cultural diversity is regarded as shield against the extremist views, but violence has been eroding that pluralism. Even the rich cultural events have been overtaken by narrow events along sectarian lines in otherwise inclusive towns of Punjab. These views were expressed by participants of the first provincial-level consultation on countering violent extremism. The consultation, aptly titled “Securing Punjab’s Diversity” was organized by Pak Institute for... Read More

200 college and madrassa students engaged in mutual learning activities

14 July 2017


Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) successfully engaged around 200 college and madrassa students in a series of joint extra-curricular activities with a view to shed mutually held misperception and stereotypes between the two groups. These activities, spanning six months, were part of the “Hum Ahang” (In Harmony) initiative. Between December 2016 and January 2017, the 200 students participated group-wise in a series of four two-day youth camps in Lahore, comprising of study... Read More

‘Stereotypes towards marginalized groups a widespread phenomenon’: PIPS’s dialogue forum

05 July 2017


Provincial Dialogue Forum – 2 It is to the absence of social harmony that non-Muslims in Pakistan are being treated as outsiders not only by radicals but also apparently-moderate individuals. Even in elite institutions, there are numerous instances of students or teachers passing comments that reek of bias and stereotypes against non-Muslims. These thoughts came in the second provincial dialogue forum on Punjab, held in Lahore, on 5 July 2017. Noted scholars, academics,... Read More

De-weaponization will reduce violence; requires state efficiency, attitudinal changes

28 September 2017


The need for de-weaponization is greatly felt in the country, where violence of multiple types, ranging from domestic to militancy, often resorts to easily-available weapons. Besides bringing upon attitudinal changes in the people to ward them off from display of weapons, the state should take lead role in ensuring efficient services especially security to the people. These thoughts came in a conference hosted by Centre for Social Justice along with Pak Institute for Peace Studies... Read More

95% of laws are Islamic in Pakistan: Dr. Khalid

03 December 2015


In Pakistan, 95% of the laws are Islamic; only 5% are those in which Council of Islamic Ideology have proposed changes as per Quran and Sunnah. Yet people of Pakistan, from a layman to an education person, think that there is no Islamic law in Pakistan. Such is the confusion around, a confusion created by the clergy. These views were expressed by renowned Islamic scholar and former chair of CII Dr. Khalid Masood, at the launch of his book. The event was organized by Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

Sensitizing on Pakistan’s obligations under international law will help in countering extremism

16 November 2016


Pakistani people from all shades of society should be sensitized on Pakistan’s obligations under international law, especially the treaties Pakistan is bound to follow. This will greatly steer their thoughts away from getting radicalized too easily. These views were expressed by international law expert, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, in his exclusive talk hosted by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think-tank studying conflict and security related issues in the... Read More

“Pakistan Saga Awards” Celebrate Videos on Social Harmony and Peace

02 December 2016


Amid news about tensions among varied groups and communities in the country, what is forgotten is how there are hundreds of examples of peaceful co-existence among those same communities. Attempts should be made to showcase those examples more often. These thoughts were expressed by speakers in “Pakistan Saga and Narratives” award ceremony, in which inspiring video reports, celebrating unsung heroes, peaceful messages, and shared responsibilities were displayed. The ceremony,... Read More

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