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Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) started a comprehensive Deradicalization Program in 2007 that still continues. The program includes empirical and theoretical research on radicalization and the concomitant phenomena; counter-radicalization and deradicalization in Pakistan’s context; sharing of knowledge and best practices with Pakistani and international scholars; and implementation of viable interventions for counter-radicalization in Pakistan. A brief description of PIPS work on radicalization and...Read more>>

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“The Arab Spring: Impact and Implications”
Pak Institute for Peace Studies organized a three-day international conference in Kathmandu, Nepal from February 28 to March 2, 2014 in conjunction with Beijing–based Institute of Ethnic Minority Groups Development Research (IEMGDR) and the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), USA. The conference focused on two themes: the Arab Spring: impact and implications; and religion and security. The former part of the conference examined religious, political, geostrategic and nationalistic dynamics of change and transition amid the backdrop of so-called Arab Spring in the Muslim-majority and other countries mainly in Middle East, Africa, Asia and also West. The objective was to improve understanding among regional and international nations and enhance scholarship on the dynamics of the Arab Spring. The latter part of the conference, i.e. “Religion and security,” focused on comparative perspectives on: education and extremism; women and extremism; and religion, security and citizenship. Participants included prominent scholars, educationists, religious scholars and civil society representatives from North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Europe, USA and China President IGE , director IEMGDR Zhao Shuqing and director PIPS Muhammad Amir Rana inaugurated the conference and delivered introductory and welcome remarks. .Read more>>
“Creating an Environment that Counteracts Militant Ideologies and Radicalism in Pakistan”
Ambiguous state policies, incoherent and often conflicting institutional responses, distorted education syllabi, and media’s inability to educate the people are among the factors that have let the perils of extremism and militancy grow in Pakistan. Failure to address these areas and to evolve and implement a comprehensive de-radicalization program in Pakistan would not only strengthen the militants’ ideological narratives in society but also weaken the state’s capacity to counter terrorism and militancy. This was the gist of discussion during a seminar titled “Creating an environment that counteracts militant ideologies and radicalism in Pakistan,” jointly organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) and Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) in Islamabad on October 11, 2013....Read more>>
“Countering Extremism: Strategies and Sharing Best Practices”
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 militants were, in fact, very frustrated when the government passed the law for implementing Nizam-e-Adl Regulation (NAR) because they did not expect the government doing so. Now, when the NAR has been passed, the people will be disillusioned on what the militants really wanted. Thus, the future scenario is going to be different as compared to the past when the militants enjoyed sympathies among the people in the name of NAR. The minister also addressed other related issues like that of madaris. Chairman National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA), Mr. Tariq Pervez, also addressed the seminar. He opined that we need...Read more>>
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Minority Rights in Pakistan: Historic Neglect or State Complicity?
Published: September 20, 2010
While multiple factors have historically contributed to discrimination against religious minorities and faith-based violence in Pakistan, there have been inadequate efforts on the level of state and society to create an environment that supports interfaith harmony and social cohesion...Read more >>
Radicalization: Perceptions of Educated Youth in Pakistan
Published: October 1, 2014
Any study that seeks to understand the phenomenon of radicalization in any society cannot afford to ignore the educated youth. This segment gains even more significance in Pakistan where an estimated 103 million people, or 63 percent of the population, are less than 25....Read more >>

Radicalization in Pakistan: Understanding the Phenomenon
Published: June 06, 2010
Pakistan has adopted a two-pronged strategy to fight the menace of religious militancy: it has tried to undertake development activities in the troubled northwest of the country, hoping to wean its people from militant influence by addressing their economic grievances; and... Read more>>

Mapping the Madrasa Mindset: Political Attitudes of Pakistani Seminaries
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: March 24, 2009

Pakistani madaris are perceived as a catalyst factor promoting orthodox views. Many analysts view that their role in shaping the views of the masses and their students is a serious concern for many. Their affiliation with political, sectarian and militant organizations is also a major... Read more>>

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