Counter-Violent Extremism

America Has Limited Role to Play in FATA: Joshua T. White


22 July 2009

Events

“The US leads the global war against terrorism, however, it has very limited role to play in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The US should not or cannot deploy its forces in FATA, and such deployment is itself a bad idea. It is principal task of Pakistan to counter the militants in that region. But there are few things which can be done by the US to support Pakistani forces fighting in FATA. It can provide border trainings to the... Read More

Radicalization in Pakistan: Journalists See Media's Reconciliatory Role as Desirable


13 February 2009

Events

Participants of the PIPS media workshop Radicalization has become too a complex phenomenon in Pakistan to be tackled by media alone. Media should, however, play the role of a mediator between government and the people. Becoming a motivational force for peace, Pakistani media can initiate a dialogue and based-on-it reconciliation. But for this, media groups and journalists would have to adopt unbiased approaches, develop internal coordination... Read More

Groups and Movements Become Radical in a ‘Comparative Perspective’: Dr. Muhammad Islam


02 February 2009

Events

“Radicalization is a group phenomenon where views and actions become violent in a ‘comparative perspective’. Radicalization is generally described as a situation in which groups or society [as a whole] resort to use of violent tactics. But this will be incomplete definition. Radicalization actually occurs at the level of ‘perceptions or ideas’... Read More

Terrorism is a Product of Strategic Choices and Psychological Forces: Prof. Adam Dolnik


20 January 2009

Events

There is something more than mere psychological forces which motivates people to become terrorists. Terrorism is a strategic choice opted by the terrorists to correct their perceived [and stated] sense of the deprivations, grievances and injustices. This was stated by Prof. Adam Dolnik while addressing a session on “What do we know about why do people become terrorists?” organized by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) on January 15, 2009. Prof.... Read More

West Looks at Radicalization of Pakistani Youth from a Religious Lens: Dr. Riffat


24 December 2008

Events

Dr Riffat Hussain (Chairman DSS), MS Shabana Fayyaz, Amir Rana (Director PIPS) and Safdar Sial accompanied by students of QAU during workshop on radicalization  “The west has tried to look at the issue of motivation of the radicalization of youth in Pakistan from a religious lens. We need to go away from this and look at non-religious factors, which may be contributing as a motivating force,” commented Dr. Riffat Hussein, who is a... Read More

Radicalization is a Secular Phenomenon, not Religious one: Dr. Tariq Rahman


01 December 2008

Events

Radicalism is not necessarily a religious phenomenon. It can happen in any ideological or secular leaning. It is secular. In fact, when Israel was created there was a group which was doing the same thing, i.e. creating terrorism, placing bombs, threatening the British and other forces to accept their demand. They practiced terrorism which culminated into the creation of Israel, said Dr. Tariq Rahman, who addressed a “Session on Defining the Phenomenon of... Read More

“Radicalization is Undermining Tolerance, Co-existence and Pluralism in Society”


28 November 2008

Events

“The radical groups and radicalization are undermining the norms and values of tolerance, co-existence, peace and pluralism in Pakistani society.” Hussain Naqi, National Coordinator for HRCP Core Groups, said this while giving his expert opinion in the PIPS media workshop on “Radicalization in Pakistan” on November 25, 2008, in Lahore. Mr. Naqi explained the tolerant and peaceful features of the tribal and Pakhtun areas in historical perspective. He mentioned the... Read More

Media Glorification is Empowering the Radicals


10 October 2008

Events

The way Pakistani media has glorified the radicals and militants has not only emboldened the radical groups and organizations but has also caused an increase in the trend and level of radicalization in Pakistani society. The media must not lose sight from the fact that if the radical forces win in the country, their first target can be the media itself. These views were expressed by well-known and experienced journalists, media persons and intellectuals at “Media... Read More
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