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Hate speech and restricted speech: striking a balance

07 December 2015

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

Terrorism financing

07 December 2015

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

Stopping the banned groups

07 December 2015

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

Establishing a Counter Terrorism Force

07 December 2015

  M any efforts similar to NAP were made in the past. In May 2014, for instance, the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2014-18 was presented, having many features similar to the NAP such as: reforming madrassas, building capacity of security forces, raising anti-terrorist force, enhancing coordination among security agencies, dealing with Afghan refugees, and curbing terrorist financing. But, NISP failed to materialize, not only because of... Read More

Zero tolerance for militancy in Punjab

29 October 2015

O n December 25th, 2014, nine days after Pakistani Taliban attacked Army Public School in Peshawar, killing 150, mostly children, the country’s political leadership approved a comprehensive 20-point National Action Plan against terrorism. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a televised address to the nation, described the incident as having “transformed the country.” Rare admission Beyond the usual vows of countering the “terrorist... Read More

Pakistan: Monitoring the Key Regional Powers (October 1 to December 16, 2014)

31 December 2014

The purpose of this series of quarterly monitoring reports (2014) is to monitor and track the actions as well as public statements of five key STAP RP regional actors (India, Iran, Russia, China, SaudiArabia) on Pakistan; the development of, and their participation in relevant international and regional discussion meetings, including the Istanbul Process, Heart of Asia, RECCA, SCO; the five key regionalactors’ economic decisions and agreements, including, but not limited to,... Read More

PaPakistan: Monitoring the Key Regional Powers (July 1 to September 30, 2014)

01 October 2014

Jointly produced by PIPS and Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, famous as CIDOB, this quarterly monitoring brief (December 15, 2013 to March 31, 2014) tracks the actions as well as public statements of five key STAP RP regional actors (India, Iran, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia) on Pakistan. A part of CIDOB’s program, “the Sources of Tension (SoTs),”... Read More

Political Cost the ANP Paid in Its Fight against Extremists

16 August 2013

The policies and plans implemented by the Awami National Party (ANP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during its five year rule there (2008-2012) were based on its manifesto for the 2008 general elections, on the basis of which it had managed to get a clear public mandate.   As it had categorically pronounced in its 2008 election campaign to fight against pervading violent and militant discourses in the province and the wider region, the ANP-led government eventually took a stern stand against the... Read More

FATA reforms: journey so far and the way forward

05 July 2013

The  Federally  Administered  Tribal  Areas  (FATA) are  governed  through  the  1901  Frontier  Crimes Regulation (FCR), which was enacted by the British to promote their own interests. This system was once lauded  as  a  success  and  liked  by  the  tribesmen.  However,  at  present  the  system  is  widely  seen  as authoritarian—both in its form... Read More

Militant economy of Karachi

20 June 2013

Karachi is Pakistan’s financial hub and its most populous city with an estimated population of 23.5 million as of April 2013 (Khan, 2012a). While Islamabad is the political capital, Karachi is the country’s foremost commercial and financial centre. It accounts for the lion’s share in Pakistan’s gross domestic product and generates at least 60 percent of national revenue. The city is also home to the central bank or State Bank of Pakistan, the Karachi Stock Exchange and... Read More

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