Violence and Terrorism

“Engaging parliament key in shaping religious narrative against extremism”


20 March 2017

Events

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

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

Pakistan in Saudi-led anti-terrorism alliance?: Background


PIPS

19 December 2015

Research Article

On 15 December, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a military alliance against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh. To the surprise of Pakistan, it too was included in the alliance. Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Office later clarified that it is still looking into the details of the role of Pakistan in the alliance proposal. So, is Pakistan part of the alliance? Or, is it  not? To understand the broader politics behind, do read recent insights by... 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

Dead wrong


Najam U Din

07 December 2015

Research Article

  Immediately after the December 16 Taliban attack on Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar last year, Pakistan scrapped a six-year informal moratorium on executions, and approved “execution of death penalty in terrorism-related cases”.[1] The executions had been suspended in December 2008. Within a week, by December 24, the federal government facilitated a ‘national consensus’ on a National Action Plan (NAP) to counter terrorism.... Read More

Hate speech and restricted speech: striking a balance


Marvi Sirmed

07 December 2015

Research Article

The twenty-point National Action Plan, announced in the wake of Peshawar school attack, carries almost all aspects of countering terrorism, ranging from the all-out violence to extremism/radicalisation. Much of the news about NAP these days revolves around the issues having short-term significance like special courts and military operation. The issues having impact beyond today are missed out. For example, issues of extremism and radicalisation that lie at the core of the problem of... Read More

Stopping the banned groups


Mehwish Rani

07 December 2015

Research Article

W hile the NAP lays down a comprehensive framework for combating the entire spectrum of the terrorist threat in Pakistan, its seventh point calls for taking steps against “re-emergence of banned militant organizations.” Clampdown Almost immediately after NAP was released in January, a spurt of activity followed. Sub committees headed by federal ministers to monitor each point of the plan, were set up, though nothing has been heard about them... Read More

Terrorism financing


Safiya Aftab

07 December 2015

Research Article

P akistan’s counter terrorism (CT) efforts often revolve around intelligence gathering, followed by policing, and, in many cases, undercover intelligence-led operations. These are no doubt integral CT components. But for counter-terror efforts to be effective in the longer term, the approach should be multipronged, also focusing on funding of terrorist activities. An important CT activity, therefore, is denting the militant economy, through all... Read More
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