A TRANSNATIONAL approach, flexible operational frameworks and interagency collaboration between traditional law enforcement agencies and other government institutions are considered the essential components of an effective counterterrorism policy.
THE situation is not just about talks vs operation. The plot is far more complex than it appears. At the moment, an operation seems to be the better option; but there are many constraints. And as opposed to the state, it is the Pakistani Taliban, both ‘good’ and ‘bad’, that appear to be benefiting more from the current situation..’.
THE militants keep changing their targets and tactics, making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to combat them. The strength of the militants lies entirely in their operational strategies. It is a real challenge for law enforcement agencies to keep one step ahead of them.
WHAT should the new national security policy look like? This is a million-dollar question and a challenge for both the security establishment and parliament. The job was initially left to the interior ministry, which is still struggling to find the right answers..’.
THE militants must be pleased with the policies of the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments. The two are not missing any opportunity to appease them or grant concessions in the hope of maintaining peace. But the militants are not convinced they have to return the favour and their terrorist onslaught continues across the country.’.
IN reaction to Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in July this year, the Pakistani Taliban advised her to return
home and to join any madressah for girls. In return, they offered her ‘amnesty’.
ONE should not be surprised by reports of alleged corruption in the National Counter-Terrorism Authority. Though Nacta is still struggling to become an authority on counterterrorism, it has already started to tread along bureaucratic lines on the domain of other government departments with less focus on its original objective and more on departmental politics and corruption.
BEFORE his death in a US drone strike, the Pakistani Taliban chief Hakeemullah Mehsud had started to feel better thanks to the ‘spiritual’ healing at the hands of an Arab shaikh. The CIA and ISI had cast an ‘evil spell’ on him — most probably through ‘black magic’.
IN modern world affairs, it would appear odd to many that a religious and ethnic minority in a country wants to live with the majority but the latter does not want it so and keeps pushing away the former.
MANY Pakistanis are confused about the true nature of the Taliban and the Taliban movement. But some can clearly distinguish between the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban and see the former as a legitimate resistance force fighting against foreign occupants in their homeland. This perception exists even if Pakistani Taliban reject the impression that they are different from the Afghan Taliban.
THE debate on peace talks with the militants is in a muddle. Much confusion surrounds the question of whether or not the government should engage in dialogue with the militants, and how it should behave if it does.
The militants do not get the same consideration. One reason could be the existing gaps in the scholarship on militants’ motives, operational capabilities and entrenchment in society....
MANY counterterrorism and security experts believe that extremism and terrorism have a cause and effect relation. If this were true, it would be almost impossible for Pakistan to tackle the issues of terrorism and militancy without effectively responding to growing extremism and radicalism in the country.
Countering extremism and extremist ideologies is an important component of the current debate on internal security and counterterrorism. Though extremism has yet to be defined in Pakistan at least there is a consensus in the country that terrorism is a major issue and needs to be addressed on a priority basis.
On the other hand, the realm of extremism is very broad, and different segments of society hold diverse views regarding the phenomenon...
IT appears the prime minister’s revised offer of talks to the militants in his first address to the nation accentuated the existing differences among the latter on how to respond.
This was demonstrated by the conflicting responses from Asmatullah Muawiya, commander of the so-called Punjabi Taliban, and Shahidullah Shahid, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman. It remains to be seen whether the government is consciously trying to create rifts or it is a natural outcome of the negotiation process.
Some media reports indicate that Muawiya’s faction of the Punjabi Taliban and some other militant groups are willing to engage in talks. Assessing the extent of rift within the Taliban ranks in the context of negotiations is thus important...
AS Mohammad Sikandar’s Islamabad adventure unfolded on our TV screens, two very significant developments failed to attract the attention of the media: the security forces unearthing a reportedly Al Qaeda/Taliban-linked communication hub in Lahore and the recovery of more than 100 tons of explosive material in Quetta.
It was not so much the absence of news sense as a weak threat perception that compelled the media to ignore these developments and focus on the lone wolf from Hafizabad
The security landscape of Pakistan remained volatile throughout the year of 2012 with frequent incidents of violence and terrorism reported across country. Although a downward trend in the number of overall incidents of violence and casualties that started in 2010 continued in 2011 and 2012, the number of sectarian-related terrorist attacks and clashes increased significantly.
Contrary to overall decline, Karachi and interior Sindh were two regions where number of terrorist attacks and consequent casualties increased. A total of 1,577 terrorist attacks, carried out by militants, nationalist insurgents and violent sectarian groups, claimed the lives of 2,050 people and injured another 3,822 across Pakistan in 2012...
Sectarian violence is among the critical threats to Pakistan’s internal security and stability. Besides sectarian-related attacks and targeted killings by violent sectarian groups, sectarian discrimination is also increasingly penetrating individuals’ attitudes and behaviors in Pakistan.
Despite the government’s repeated bans on sectarian groups, they are becoming more active and defiant across country, particularly in Karachi, Quetta and South Punjab. Some of them including Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have strong ideological and operational nexus with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Al-Qaeda. The TTP also claimed responsibility for many attacks on Shia...
Prosperity and Stability Require Investment in Education
The state of education in Pakistan is miserable and requires an emergency response. The developing nations are progressing fast because of their investment in education. Both Pakistani state and society have to realize that the dream of prosperity and stability cannot be fulfilled without focusing on education. Being a teacher, parent, religious scholar
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Editors and columnists of Islamic periodicals agree to play their role in ending education emergency in Pakistan
The federal and provincial governments should take immediate steps required to implement the Article 25-A of the Constitution which ensures the free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years. Also, there is need for establishing a national commission comprising members from all segments of society to formulate a
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Dialogue can Reduce Ideological Polarization among Students of Madrassas and Universities
Conflicting notions of Pakistan’s ideology, extremist interpretations of religion and lack of tolerance among most of Pakistanis are at the heart of critical challenges facing Pakistan. Economic decay and dearth of opportunities for Pakistani youth further compound the problem. Students of madrassas and universities expressed these thoughts in a dialogue organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in collaboration with Khudi Pakistan in Islamabad on November 6, 2013...Read On >>
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
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Education Emergency in Pakistan and Responsibility of Religious Scholars
Education is a fundamental right of every Pakistani citizen. Also, it is a religious obligation of every Muslim. All political parties should prioritize education and should workout and implement with consensus a comprehensive, effective and long-term work plan for improving the state of education in Pakistan. These views were expressed by Pakistan’s leading religious scholars who participated in a one-day seminar titled “Education Emergency in Pakistan and the Responsibility of Religious Scholars,” jointly held by Pak Institute for Peace ..Read On >>
Fair reporting can challenge rights violations in Pakistan
Objective and analytic reporting can enhance awareness of human rights and significantly challenge pervasive impunity for perpetrators of violations in Pakistan, participants of a media training learned here.
Journalists from all parts of Pakistan attended the two-day media training workshop, which was organised by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in the federal capital.
The media training included sessions on mapping of human rights issues in Pakistan; key issues and
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