Counter-Violent Extremism

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


16 November 2016

Events

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

Events

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

Events

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

Events

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

Events

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


PIPS

14 December 2015

Research Article

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


Safdar Sial

14 December 2015

Research Article

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

San Bernardino shootout: Backgrounders


PIPS

11 December 2015

Research Article

The December 2 deadly shootout at San Bernardino, United States, by an American couple of Pakistani descents, is raising new questions about their path towards radicalization. Of special curiosity is the embrace of radical ideas by women or the educated youth, especially among the diaspora.   Here are two relevant studies PIPS undertook, that may help in finding the answers Women Radicalization: An Empirical Study This background highlights the need to explore the impact of... Read More
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