‘Teachers should play intellectual input in today’s time to stay as role models’

15 May 2017

PIPS workshop with teachers and educationists-I For a teacher to be relevant in today’s time, he or she must pay attention to critical intellectual challenges of the country and stay updated with the usage of modern technologies. Only then can they respond to the needs of the students, swaying them away from extremism. These thoughts came in a day-long workshop held with teachers, on the role of teachers in social and religious harmony, held on 15 May 2017 in Lahore. Around 30... Read More

‘Revive Punjab’s pluralistic culture to fight extremism’: Punjab dialogue forum

12 May 2017

Punjab’s cultural diversity is regarded as shield against the extremist views, but violence has been eroding that pluralism. Even the rich cultural events have been overtaken by narrow events along sectarian lines in otherwise inclusive towns of Punjab. These views were expressed by participants of the first provincial-level consultation on countering violent extremism. The consultation, aptly titled “Securing Punjab’s Diversity” was organized by Pak Institute for... Read More

Holistic internal security policy need of the hour

03 May 2017

CVE Consultation-10 A consolidated internal security policy be devised, which articulates the roadmap towards addressing those challenges. Only then can violent extremism of all shades be extirpated from the society. These thoughts came in the working group session on “Internal security and challenges”, the tenth in a series of sessions aimed at countering violent extremism, organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), on May 03, 2017, at Hotel Margala,... Read More

Producing inquisitive, knowledgeable society can help counter extremism

02 May 2017

CVE Consultation-9 Any attempt to counter extremism from the society cannot ignore reform in the education sector. This much is repeatedly stressed. A working group has suggested that any measure aimed at reforming measure should aim at achieving knowledge-based society.  Only then can individuals be engaged be more immune to the monolithic messaging of militants. The working group discussed education forms, the ninth in a series conveyed by Pak Institute for Peace Studies... Read More

Reclaiming cultural spaces can curb extremism

25 April 2017

CVE Consultation-8 Given that one of the direct casualties of extremism in the country is its rich diversity, providing enabling environment for pluralism can fade out extremist voices. To do so, the government shall, on priority, approve culture policy upholding diversity and release “Cultural National Action Plan”, securing pluralistic spaces across the country.  These suggestions came in a national-level consultation discussing “Cultural diversity and... Read More

Regulate conventional and new media to check extremism

24 April 2017

CVE Consultation-7  To check the flow of extremist content, there is a need to regulate all forms of media platform, especially current-affairs shows, entertainment programs, cyber spaces, and religious publications. These suggestions came in a national-level consultation discussing “Media engagement programs”, the eighth in a series of consultation suggesting mechanism to counter violent extremism, hosted by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), on April 24, 2017 at... Read More

Reviving inclusive spaces will enable young people to resist extremism

18 April 2017

CVE Consultation-6 To shrink the extremist appeal, young people shall be provided with inclusive public and private spaces, both in physical and digital realms, where they can frequently interact with each other. These will enable them shed their misperceptions about each other, thereby steering them away from linear thoughts and making them less vulnerable to extremist notions. These recommendations were suggested by the working-group discussing “Youth engagement programs”,... Read More

Treating citizens and regions with equality, will dent extremist spaces

17 April 2017

CVE Consultation-5 To deal with the menace of extremism in the long-run, there is a need to treat all citizens of the country and their areas with equality, as promised in the constitution. Only then can the ideological and physical spaces against militants be secured. These recommendations were suggested by the working-group discussing “Constitution, Governance, and Citizenship”, the fifth in a series of consultation conveyed by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) on... Read More

To address militancy holistically, NAP shall be revised, bifurcating in soft and hard components

10 April 2017

CVE Consultation-4 Members of a working group called for revising National Action Plan afresh, dividing into two broader components, Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE). The first component, CT, shall deal with the hard approaches of countering militancy, dealing with militancy in the immediate sphere. The second component, CVE, shall curb militancy in the long-term. The suggestions came from a working group discussing “effective implementation of National... Read More

“National Charter of Peace” be produced to eradicate extremism

03 April 2017

CVE Consultation-3 To root out extremism, state players, civil society, and religious stakeholders should hold multi-pronged dialogues on critical philosophical issues of the state and society, producing “National Charter of Peace”. The document will greatly curb extremist ideologies in the country. These recommendations were suggested by a working group discussing on “national dialogue and social contract”. This was the third dialogue in a series conveyed by Pak... Read More

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