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Radicalization is a Secular Phenomenon, not Religious one: Dr. Tariq Rahman


01 December 2008

Radicalism is not necessarily a religious phenomenon. It can happen in any ideological or secular leaning. It is secular. In fact, when Israel was created there was a group which was doing the same thing, i.e. creating terrorism, placing bombs, threatening the British and other forces to accept their demand. They practiced terrorism which culminated into the creation of Israel, said Dr. Tariq Rahman, who addressed a “Session on Defining the Phenomenon of... Read More

“Radicalization is Undermining Tolerance, Co-existence and Pluralism in Society”


28 November 2008

“The radical groups and radicalization are undermining the norms and values of tolerance, co-existence, peace and pluralism in Pakistani society.” Hussain Naqi, National Coordinator for HRCP Core Groups, said this while giving his expert opinion in the PIPS media workshop on “Radicalization in Pakistan” on November 25, 2008, in Lahore. Mr. Naqi explained the tolerant and peaceful features of the tribal and Pakhtun areas in historical perspective. He mentioned the... Read More

Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) –The Journey so far


23 November 2008

Starting from scratch on January 10, 2006, Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) has covered a lot of distance in the year 2006. In fact, if one looks over the shoulder, one realizes that, how so much could be achieved in such a short time. The institute, after overcoming its teething problems very quickly, has now become a significant player in the world of strategic thinking and policy initiatives. The limited resources, the lack of manpower in the beginning did not deter its progress on the... Read More

“People are beings with human rights and human dignity”


23 November 2008

The people we call radicals are alienated from rest of the society and don’t follow normative social and moral values. They are very vulnerable to be used by others. At the same time they have no motive of their own. They have never played any role for societal rights or any broader social change. These views were expressed by Mr. Akhlaq Ahmed, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, International Islamic University, Islamabad. He was addressing a session on... Read More

“People are beings with human rights and human dignity”


10 November 2008

“The principle of educating people of their human rights is to make them understand that they are not just ordinary entities or creations but rather, they are beings with human rights and human dignity,” said Jhune B. Pacis, who addressed a Workshop on Human Rights organized by PIPS in collaboration with Sungi Development Foundation, on November 6, 2008 in Islamabad. The speaker mentioned that human rights are more than legal concepts and principles. They... Read More

Frontiers of Extremism: The Radicalization of Borders


03 November 2008

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) brought together over three hundred senior government officials, leading researchers, and many of the Institute’s influential members from around the world to discuss and address some of the world’s most critical issues at the 5th IISS Global Strategic Review (GSR), in Geneva from 7-9 September 2007. Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) Director, Muhammad Amir Rana was among the scholars who presented their papers in the seminar.... Read More

Definitions on Radicalizations can’t have Psychological Generalization: Dr. Javed Iqbal


30 October 2008

“Fingerprints of two persons don’t match. Irises of two persons don’t match. Similarly, psyches of different people do not match. Every individual has his/her own different psyche. If this is the case how can we have ‘one’ psychological definition of radicalization,” commented Dr. Javed Iqbal, who talked on ‘Defining the Radicalization in Pakistani context’ on October 30, 2008 at PIPS premises. Dr. Iqbal is a psychologist... Read More

QAU Students’ Academic Visit to PIPS: Get engaged in Office and Field Research on Assignment Basis


22 October 2008

A group of 26 students from the departments of Defense and Strategic Studies and International Relations in Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad visited the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) on October 21, 2008. They were briefed about the PIPS research initiatives in conflict and peace areas, PIPS Database, PIPS Archives and PIPS team. Ms Shabana Fayaz, Assistant Professor at the QAU, had arranged and led the delegation of students. Ms Shabana Fayaz... Read More

“Freedom Movement in Kashmir has Taken a New Turn”


20 October 2008

“The decisions and actions taken by the government, and the statements issued by President Zardari and the Prime Minister, show that the government favors a win-win situation for all of the stake-holders – Pakistan, India, and the Kashmiri people. The most probable outcome of the ongoing efforts on the front of seeking some solution to the Kashmir dispute may be some sort of institutional cooperation and collaboration between the governments of the two... Read More

Media Glorification is Empowering the Radicals


10 October 2008

The way Pakistani media has glorified the radicals and militants has not only emboldened the radical groups and organizations but has also caused an increase in the trend and level of radicalization in Pakistani society. The media must not lose sight from the fact that if the radical forces win in the country, their first target can be the media itself. These views were expressed by well-known and experienced journalists, media persons and intellectuals at “Media... Read More

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