The Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) is an independent, not-for-profit non governmental research and advocacy think-tank. An initiative of leading Pakistani scholars, researchers and journalists, PIPS conducts wide-ranging research and analysis of political, social and religious conflicts that have a direct bearing on both national and international security.
Journal : Conflict and Peace Studies (Vol. 6, No. 1) (Jan-Jun 2014)
The insecurity and instability in Afghanistan after 2014 will
have serious implications for Pakistan’s internal security and
might increase the burden on its counterterrorism efforts. A
research study published in Pak Institute for Peace Studies’
latest issue of its research journal “Conflict and Peace
Studies” revealed this.
The recently published Spring 2014 issue of the journal
contains seven comprehensive research papers, one comment and
one backgrounder. In the opening comment, Muhammad Amir Rana has critically reviewed recently announced National Internal Security Policy and has highlighted some conceptual
and functional gaps in the policy besides providing an alternative policy option.
First paper, by Safdar Sial and Talha Saeed Satti, discusses implications of 2014 withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan for security of Pakistan
and other countries in the region.
Farhan Zahid in his paper on “Post-2014 Afghanistan: prospects for Taliban’s rise to power” has argued thatalthough the Afghan Taliban
remain a formidable guerilla force, Kabul is unlikely to fall to them after the withdrawal of foreign forces; any scenario that comes to a contrary
conclusion includes a concomitant renewed Al Qaeda threat.
Third paper, by Asmatullah Khan Wazir, has
tried to track down both legal and political reforms instituted in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) since the creation of Pakistan and also
suggested a way forward.
Dialogue on Democracy 2
Islam puts great emphasis on justice, rights and rule of law: religious scholars
Islam has laid down some guiding principles on
justice, rights and responsibilities, equality
and rule of law, which should become the basis
of any political system that undertakes to
govern an Islamic state. In that regard
democracy appears very close to Islam. These
thoughts were expressed by leading religious
scholars in a seminar on “Democracy and
constitution of Pakistan: viewpoints of clergy
and religious scholars (II),” organized by Pak
Institute for Peace Studies in Lahore on May 19,
2014. The first of this series of dialogues was
held in Karachi on May 17, 2014.
Secretary General Wafaqul Madaris Al Arabia and Principal Jamia Khairul Madaris, Multan Qari Haneef Jalandhary said that authoritarianism, or kingship, and democracy are two distinct political systems. Islam has espoused a “system of mutual consultation” (nizam-e-shura or shuraiyyat), which is based on neither authoritarianism, nor such form of democracy that compromises God’s sovereignty. He said, as the Objectives Resolution, which guarantees the Sovereignty of God, has become part of its constitution.
Pak Institute for Peace Studies organized a three-day international conference in Kathmandu, Nepal from February 28 to March 2, 2014 in conjunction with.........read more
PIPS Annual Report
Pakistan's Security Landscape
Representing a nine percent increase from the year before, a total of 1,717 terrorist attacks took place across Pakistan in 2013, claiming the lives of 2,451 people, 19 percent more than previous year, and causing injuries to another 5,438. Over 61 percent (1,059) of the total 1,717 terrorist attacks were carried out by the Pakistani Taliban mainly the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ... Read more>>
A rise in sectarian violence in Pakistan that started in 2011 continued through 2012 towards end of 2013. First two months of 2013 saw an unprecedented wave of sectarian violence against Hazara Shia community in Quetta. While incidents of sectarian violence continued unabated throughout the year, during November 2013 that coincided with Islamic month of Moharram, ...