Dialogue

Experts reviewed PIPS media productions on interfaith harmony and coexistence


08 December 2014

Events

     Scholars, experts and representatives of civil society and human rights organizations watched and reviewed some short films, documentaries and songs produced by Pak Institute for Peace Studies in collaboration with Narratives Pvt. (Ltd.) as part of its ongoing program “Creating an environment that supports interfaith harmony, peace and democratic discourse in Pakistan.” Screened in Islamabad on December 3, 2014, these media productions highlighted aspects... Read More

Constitution is supreme and all Pakistanis are bound to abide by it: religious scholars


22 September 2014

Events

  Pakistan’s Constitution is a national-level social contract and in the light of Islamic teachings every Pakistani is bound to abide by it. National-level disputes and conflicts, which are shared by all and not linked to certain religious sect or community, should be settled through the majority opinion. A minority cannot be granted the right to impose its opinion on majority. Same principle would apply to interpretation and exegesis of Shariah that would be the prerogative of... Read More

Muslims should run their state affairs with mutual consultation and consensus: religious scholars


02 September 2014

Events

Muslim jurists’ support for monarchy in times of discord, as an alternative system to Islamic caliphate, was based on their understanding that Islam does not provide a specific framework to run the state affairs. It has been left to Muslims to decide about their system of government with mutual consultation and consensus. Once a social contract, or constitution, is agreed upon, its protection is obligatory. Similarly when democracy is related to solving problems with consultation and... Read More

Islam puts great emphasis on justice, rights and rule of law: religious scholars


23 May 2014

Events

  Islam has laid down some guiding principles on justice, rights and responsibilities, equality and rule of law, which should become the basis of any political system that undertakes to govern an Islamic state. In that regard democracy appears very close to Islam. These thoughts were expressed by leading religious scholars in a seminar on “Democracy and constitution of Pakistan: viewpoints of clergy and religious scholars (II),” organized by Pak Institute for Peace... Read More

Islam does not support one kind of state system: religious scholars


22 May 2014

Events

Religious scholars and religious-political parties will have to work for improvement in the current political system of Pakistan while staying within the country’s constitutional framework and system of government. Any system of government that is not based on social justice and fairness is opposed to one espoused in Islam. Islam does not support a single governmental system. Nor can one system be implemented everywhere in the world. However Islam has provided some overarching... Read More

Role of education in national development and state-building: a case study of Pakistan


01 April 2014

Events

  Pakistani government should initiate long-term projects in education sector which would introduce students of religious seminaries, or madrassas, and universities to modern ways of research and learning. Also, Pakistan’s education systems should focus on raising curiosity among students for getting knowledge instead of offering a mere system of passing examination. These views were expressed by students of madrassas and universities in a session of dialogue jointly held by... Read More

The Arab Spring: Impact and Implications


22 March 2014

Events

Pak Institute for Peace Studies organized a three-day international conference in Kathmandu, Nepal from February 28 to March 2, 2014 in conjunction with Beijing–based Institute of Ethnic Minority Groups Development Research (IEMGDR) and the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), USA. The conference focused on two themes: the Arab Spring: impact and implications; and religion and security. The former part of the conference examined religious, political, geostrategic and nationalistic... Read More

Prosperity and Stability Require Investment in Education


31 December 2013

Events

The state of education in Pakistan is miserable and requires an emergency response. The developing nations are progressing fast because of their investment in education. Both Pakistani state and society have to realize that the dream of prosperity and stability cannot be fulfilled without focusing on education. Being a teacher, parent, religious scholar, politician, civil society activist, journalist and a citizen as well as the government we all need to do efforts for promotion of education in... Read More
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