Events

Af-Pak Policy: Prospects for Regional Stability


23 July 2009

“The Af-Pak policy of Obama administration envisions many new things for the region, particularly Afghanistan, and there are a lot of ideas floating around Washington. But the problem with these new ideas is three-fold. First these ideas are mostly mutually incompatible and can’t be combined or are difficult to combine. Secondly, no body has a clear idea about what they need in detail to implement these ideas, and thirdly how the critical regional players... Read More

Cooperation between Law Enforcement Agencies Can Make Counter-terrorism Strategies Effective


23 July 2009

“Efforts and strategies to counter insurgency and terrorism can be successful only when the local police and other law enforcement agencies will cooperate,” said Hassan Abbas, author of Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism, addressing a seminar on “Counter-Terrorism Strategy: Need for Police Reforms” on July 23, 2009 organized by the Pak Institute for peace Studies (PIPS), Islamabad at its premises. Many of the police officers in Pakistan say... Read More

America Has Limited Role to Play in FATA: Joshua T. White


22 July 2009

“The US leads the global war against terrorism, however, it has very limited role to play in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The US should not or cannot deploy its forces in FATA, and such deployment is itself a bad idea. It is principal task of Pakistan to counter the militants in that region. But there are few things which can be done by the US to support Pakistani forces fighting in FATA. It can provide border trainings to the... Read More

Importance of Kashmir Issue in Af-Pak Policy: Fundamental or Marginal!


10 July 2009

Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) organized a Focus Group Discussion, Importance of Kashmir Issue in Af-Pak Policy: Fundamental or Marginal, at a local hotel in Islamabad on 7 July 2009. General (Retd.) Talat Masood, convener PUGWASH, chaired the session. Speakers included General Asad Durrani, a strategic and defence analyst, Mr. Muhammad Amir Rana, director PIPS, Ms. Marjan Lucas, a Dutch expert on Kashmir affairs, Dr. Shaheen Akhtar, Institute of Regional... Read More

PIPS Media Workshop Recommends Balanced Reporting on Extremism


26 June 2009

Pak Institute for Peace Studies organized a daylong workshop for print and TV journalists from Punjab, NWFP and Azad Kashmir. Forty journalists working in cities and far-flung rural areas took part in the workshop held to spread awareness about the need to counter extremism in Pakistan.   Minister of State for Defence production, Sardar Saleem Haider Khan was the chief guest. In his address he urged the media to discourage violence and promote... Read More

Saleem Safi Calls for Coherent Strategy against Islamic Militancy


15 June 2009

Pak Institute for Peace Studies invited renowned journalist, Saleem Safi, to speak on the “Current situation in FATA and NWFP.” What follows is a summary of his speech and discussion. Saleem Safi ruled out the possibility of crushing the Taliban by the United States in Afghanistan or the Pakistani military in Pakistan unless the real causes of Islamic militancy were searched and a political solution was sought. He thought it was imperative to dismantle... Read More

Regional and International circumstances/ Pressures as Factors of Extremism in Pakistan and Solutions to Counter it


10 June 2009

To muddle through all the problems like terrorism, radicalization, poverty and energy crisis that Pakistan is currently facing requires a policy shift,” noted Dr. Shaheen, a research fellow at   the Institute for Regional Studies Islamabad (IRS), while addressing a session organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) Islamabad on September 29, 2009 at its premises. While recounting the factors of extremism in Pakistan, Dr. Shaheen, recommended strategies to counter... Read More

“Countering Extremism: Strategies and Sharing Best Practices”


06 May 2009

“Militants wanted power, not Nizam-e-Adl,” said federal minister for religious affairs while addressing a two days international seminar titled “Countering Extremism: Strategies and Sharing Best Practices” which opened on 4 May in Islamabad. The seminar is organized by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in collaboration with the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Qauid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. The minister said that the... Read More

Pakistan Needs to Develop Consensus on Combating Radicalization and Extremism: Parvaiz Hoodbhoy


24 April 2009

“There is need to create harmony and consensus in the society and the political forces to combat radicalization and extremism as their threat is rapid increasing. Radicalization is a process or series of experiences that an individual goes through, and at the end of which it becomes an extremist, the ultimate outcome of which is violence. At first a perception develops in such individuals that there is one and only one right way, and all other ways are wrong and... Read More

External Players Will Continue to Exploit Pakistan’s Internal Security Threats if Left Unmanaged


20 April 2009

“The security challenges to Pakistan in the form of religious extremism, terrorism and radicalization, are internal and real, which if not managed through a comprehensive security policy will continue to be exploited by the external players. Once the internal security issues are resolved, the external links of the miscreants, militants and nationalist insurgents will cease to exist or reduced to minimum”. Mr. Muhammad Amir Rana, Director Pak Institute for... Read More

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