Events

Radicalization in Pakistan: Journalists See Media's Reconciliatory Role as Desirable


13 February 2009

Participants of the PIPS media workshop Radicalization has become too a complex phenomenon in Pakistan to be tackled by media alone. Media should, however, play the role of a mediator between government and the people. Becoming a motivational force for peace, Pakistani media can initiate a dialogue and based-on-it reconciliation. But for this, media groups and journalists would have to adopt unbiased approaches, develop internal coordination... Read More

Groups and Movements Become Radical in a ‘Comparative Perspective’: Dr. Muhammad Islam


02 February 2009

“Radicalization is a group phenomenon where views and actions become violent in a ‘comparative perspective’. Radicalization is generally described as a situation in which groups or society [as a whole] resort to use of violent tactics. But this will be incomplete definition. Radicalization actually occurs at the level of ‘perceptions or ideas’... Read More

Building Infrastructure and Institutions is Imperative to Restore Peace in FATA


27 January 2009

ICPVTR Director Dr. Rohan Gunaratna and PIPS Director Muhammad Amir Rana presiding over the session The deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Pakistani tribal areas can be addressed by building infrastructure and institutions there. This was stated by Syed Adnan Ali Shah, PhD fellow and in-charge South Asia Desk at ICPVTR, Singapore, while delivering his lecture on “An overview of militancy in FATA” at PIPS on January... Read More

Terrorism is a Product of Strategic Choices and Psychological Forces: Prof. Adam Dolnik


20 January 2009

There is something more than mere psychological forces which motivates people to become terrorists. Terrorism is a strategic choice opted by the terrorists to correct their perceived [and stated] sense of the deprivations, grievances and injustices. This was stated by Prof. Adam Dolnik while addressing a session on “What do we know about why do people become terrorists?” organized by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) on January 15, 2009. Prof.... Read More

Absence of constitutional means and biased social structure give birth to radicalism: Dr. Rasul Baksh Rais


14 January 2009

“Absence of constitutional means, human freedom, unequal distribution of the wealth, biased social structure and weak law and order situation produce radical movements in the developing or developed societies,” said Dr. Rasul Bakhsh Rais, who addressed a “session on defining the Phenomenon of Radicalization in Pakistan” organized by the PIPS on January 2, 2009 at its premises. Dr. Rais is professor of political science at School of Humanities and... Read More

Reviewing Afghan and Iraq policies is necessary: Stephan


30 December 2008

“Desire for revenge is also behind the violent activities. Non-violent means have been failed and something must be done. Improving domestic socioeconomic and political situation and reviewing foreign policy in terms of Afghanistan and Iraq is necessary,” remarked Mr. Stephan Tankel while addressing a session on “Radicalization in the West” on December 24 at the PIPS premises. Mr Stephen is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the... Read More

West Looks at Radicalization of Pakistani Youth from a Religious Lens: Dr. Riffat


24 December 2008

Dr Riffat Hussain (Chairman DSS), MS Shabana Fayyaz, Amir Rana (Director PIPS) and Safdar Sial accompanied by students of QAU during workshop on radicalization  “The west has tried to look at the issue of motivation of the radicalization of youth in Pakistan from a religious lens. We need to go away from this and look at non-religious factors, which may be contributing as a motivating force,” commented Dr. Riffat Hussein, who is a... Read More

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

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