PIPS hosts dissemination workshop aimed at countering violent extremism in Punjab

13 October 2017

On 13 October 2017, PIPS hosted a dissemination workshop in Lahore, sharing findings of the six Punjab dialogue forums discussing different aspects of countering violent extremism in the province. The forums were attended by a mix of scholars, academics, policy makers and civil society representatives. The dissemination workshop was chaired by Kazi Javed who appreciated the breadth of debates that took place in the consultations. He shared that all sorts of issues came under discussion,... Read More

De-weaponization will reduce violence; requires state efficiency, attitudinal changes

28 September 2017

The need for de-weaponization is greatly felt in the country, where violence of multiple types, ranging from domestic to militancy, often resorts to easily-available weapons. Besides bringing upon attitudinal changes in the people to ward them off from display of weapons, the state should take lead role in ensuring efficient services especially security to the people. These thoughts came in a conference hosted by Centre for Social Justice along with Pak Institute for Peace Studies... Read More

‘Teachers can help curb emerging trend of radicalization in universities’

07 September 2017

Teachers in a day-long dialogue agreed that radicalization in the country is a multi-faceted phenomenon, hitting diverse segment of society, including students. Increasingly, some of them are reported to have fallen for radical messages through social media; others are unable to condemn the act of militants openly out of their deep-set biases. To overcome this problem, teachers should be engaged, imparting students with skills that open them to diverse opinion in classroom and that equip... Read More

“Cultural spaces can win the battle of ideas while countering extremism”

17 August 2017

Provincial Dialogue Forum – 6 Countering extremism is like countering an idea, and what better way to do it than promoting cultural and literary spaces in the provinces. A culturally-aware child of today will be less tempted to pick up a weapon against his own culture tomorrow. These thoughts came in the last of the sixth dialogue forum for Punjab. Held on August 17, 2017 on Lahore, the forum focused on the role of literacy and cultural institutions in countering violent... Read More

“Scholarly spaces can scientifically diagnose extremism in Punjab”

16 August 2017

Provincial Dialogue Forum – 5 Scholars and intellectuals shall be provided prominence in the society to counter extremist sympathies in Punjab. In universities and colleges, intellectual debates shall be encouraged. Only then can they break the mould of extremism. These thoughts came in the fifth provincial dialogue forum on Punjab, held in Lahore, on 16 August 2017. Noted scholars, academics, policy makers, civil society members attended the forum, deliberating on safe charity... Read More

‘Critical inquiry in today’s digital age a must for progress and peace’

10 August 2017

In today’s digital age, where wide information is readily accessible, students should be taught how to think critically for themselves. This way, not only will they seek solutions to the pressing issues around them, but they will also be mindful of narrow and parochial explanations of the same issues. That is the path to a tolerant future. These thoughts came in a day-long dialogue with around 35 teachers of post-graduate and degree colleges of central and northern Punjab,... Read More

‘Teachers should open minds of students to create tolerant future’

09 August 2017

Teachers can build a tolerant future by equipping students with tools that open their minds to diverse opinions, beyond narrow confines. This way, they will not only let accept each other, but also enable them to find answers to critical intellectual questions of the country. This is the way forward. These thoughts came in a day-long dialogue with around 40 teachers of post-graduate and degree colleges of Punjab, organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), a Pakistani... Read More

PIPS seminar discusses multiple options for Pakistan to respond to changing scenario in Middle East

26 July 2017

Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based think tank conducted an open seminar on the ‘Changing Scenario in the Middle East and its Impact on Pakistan’ at Islamabad Hotel. Academics, scholars, journalists, and diplomats attended the seminar, which was chaired by Pakistan’s foreign minister and foreign secretary, Inamul Haq. Speakers included senior research scholars, columnist, and Arab journalists. Abdur Rehman Matar, an Arab journalist reminded about... Read More

‘As nation-builders, teachers can help raise inclusive and inquisitive society’

24 July 2017

A teacher can sow the seeds of a forward-looking nation in today’s world, by inculcating the spirit of social harmony in the students and equipping them with inquisitive mind open to probe the unexplored.   These thoughts came in a discussion in a day-long dialogue, on July 24, 2017, with over 40 teachers of universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Punjab, organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), on the role of teachers in promoting social and... Read More

The tradition of dialogue in Punjab be revived to counter extremism

20 July 2017

Provincial Dialogue Forum – 4 The diversity of Punjab should be nurtured by providing enabling platforms where people share their multitude of thoughts, in the shape of a dialogue. As of now, the culture of dialogue is lacking. It should be revived. Punjab’s own history and culture is replete with platforms like baithak that promoted dialogue. These thoughts came in the fourth provincial dialogue forum on Punjab, held in Lahore, on 20 July 2017. Noted scholars, academics,... Read More

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