Research Article

Understanding North Punjab in the Context of Pakistani Diaspora in Britain


17 March 2011

A census report by the Institute for Public Policy Research in London counted that 7.53 percent of Britain’s population in 2001 was born overseas.2 Among the top non-UK birthplaces of Britain's population, Pakistan was ranked third after Republic of Ireland and India.3 British Pakistanis mainly hail from three parts of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir: Mirpur, which has produced more than 42 percent of their over one million population in Britain,4 and North and Central Punjab. Many British... Read More

Mainstream Media’s Response to Radical Extremism


22 January 2010

There  seems  to  be  broad  agreement  among  analysts  that  Pakistan  has  never  witnessed  worse manifestations of violence fuelled by radical extremism than it does today.   Against this backdrop I want to focus on the mainstream media’s role instead of talking about the fringe jihadi media.   It is obvious that the media cannot remain aloof from the developments taking place in society. We were taught... Read More

Understanding FATA


22 January 2010

The  Afghan  Islamists’  political  failure  to  produce  realistic  agendas  for  change1  is  cited  by  some analysts  as  an  example  of  the  failure  of  political  Islam.  Some  others  however  argue  that  Muslim societies  seem  to  have  been  characterized  in  the  20th  century  by... Read More

Militants Media in Pakistan: Political Etymology and Professional Craft


21 January 2010

Dialogue  The Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) organized a series of policy dialogues to seek expert opinion on a PIPS research report titled ‘Understanding Militants’ Print Media in Pakistan and its Impact’. The report maps the militants’ media, its genesis and evolution, and impact on the Pakistani state and society. The report also profiles publications of the militants’ media, colloquially known as ‘jihad media’, along with publications... Read More

An External View of the Vernacular Press in Pakistan


01 January 2010

Hailing from a conflict ridden socio-political background in another neighbouring country – Sri Lanka, it was  not  much  difficult  for  me  to  understand  the  trends  and  styles  of  Pakistani  media  fabric  since  both countries share many social, cultural and political dynamics. But in an honest note I must admit the fact that my attempt here is not to be a ‘pundit’ or a... Read More

Crisis of Political Development and Human Rights Violations


01 April 2009

There is a deep correlation between the crisis of political development ? multidimensional in definition ? and violations of human rights in a state or society. Key research at micro and macro level supports the hypothesis that a country suffering from the former is prone to the latter. The higher the intensity of the  crisis,  the  greater  the  incidence  of  rights  violations  are,  as  is  evident  in  the  case... Read More

Human Rights Reporting in Pakistani Media


01 March 2009

Pakistan’s Urdu and English print and electronic media understand and present human rights issues in a variety of ways. The manner in which newspapers, magazines and television channels portray human rights issues and defenders, and victims of violations and abuse shapes people’s opinion. It also affects policymaking and legislation. This study intends to determine how journalists and media organizations view and report human rights issues in Pakistan. Conversely, an effort has also... Read More

Radicalization and Media: Who influences whom and how in Pakistan?


07 December 2008

Radicalism is one of the major issues confronting the state and society in Pakistan. Its roots can be traced long before Pakistan came into being in 1947. It has been spreading deeper and farther throughout the country’s history. Various actors and factors have played their role in this spread. The Pakistani media, which has recently acquired a certain level of vibrancy, has always been a factor in the radicalization of individuals,  groups  and  organizations.  But,... Read More

Jihadi Print Media in Pakistan: An Overview


01 April 2008

Introduction  The  media  had  played  an  important  role  during  the  Soviet  invasion  of  Afghanistan  in  the  1980s.  The manner  in  which  the  media  projected  the  conflict  boosted  the  image  of  the  Mujahideen and  glorified their  activities,  helping  them  gain  moral  and  economic... Read More

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