“Engaging parliament key in shaping religious narrative against extremism”
20 March 2017
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
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
‘Critical thinking will help build inclusive society’
26 August 2016
Teachers should encourage critical thinking in classrooms so that students can ask questions about the world around them. The state, too, should invest in social sciences. These will, in the long run, help nurture an inclusive narrative in the country.
These were some of the key points discussed at the launch of the study by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think tank.
The study “Promoting Inclusive and Tolerant Educational Narratives”... Read More
Informed debate should be part of alternative discourse: PIPS Seminar
26 July 2016
To counter the discourse sympathetic to extremism, there is a need for an alternative discourse built on informed debate, research, and realities grounded in present-day.
There were some of the common points discussed by leading national experts, at launch of two studies of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think-tank.
One of the two studies, “Reconstruction of the National Narratives and Counter-Violent Extremism Model in Pakistan”, shared... Read More
To curb extremism, PIPS-led scholars suggest the first-of-its-kind inclusive national narrative
27 June 2016
On 23 June 2016, members of a dialogue group discussed the contours of a new national narrative, which, once absorbed by the people of Pakistan, could greatly help dispel the space gained by extremists. They argued that the prevailing national narrative is often sympathetic to extremisms, to the distress of both state and society.
The dialogue group, comprising of diverse scholars and practitioners, was constituted by Pak Institute for Peace Studies, an Islamabad-based... Read More
PIPS Director’s book wins top German Peace Prize
08 February 2016
Mr. Muhammad Amir Ran, Director of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), secured the top 2016 German Peace Prize for his book “The Militant: Development of the Jihadi Character in Pakistan.”
The peace prize was awarded to top three books that “promote peace, international understanding, and tolerance.” Mr. Rana’s book bagged the first prize.
Thanking the sponsors, Mr. Amir appreciated the acknowledgment of his work. In his speech, he narrated how... Read More
Executive Summary of comprehensive package of NAP
14 December 2015
Ever since NAP has been launched, there has been decline in violence in the country. This decline needs to be sustained by simultaneously addressing the much deeper issues, going beyond the militaristic quick fixes. Without addressing those issues, the fear of return to violence lurks behind.
It was in late December 2014 that the Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, responding to the dastardly attack on a school in Peshawar week earlier, rolled out its counter-terror strategy, National... Read More
Sectarian violence in Parachinar: Backgrounder on NAP actions against sectarian terrorists
14 December 2015
Sectarian terrorists hit a make-shift market in Parachinar on December 13 killing 25 people and wounding more than 60 others. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Aalmi and South Waziristan-based Ansarul Mujahideen separately claimed responsibility for the attack. Historically, Kurram Agency has been a hotspot of sectarian violence between local Sunni and Shia tribes. But in the past few years, situation has significantly improved there. Does December 13 attack indicate that sectarian-oriented terrorists are... Read More