Internal Security

PIPS hosts “Inclusive and Secure Pakistan” seminar, calls upon parliamentarians to address the multi-dimensional issue of extremism


25 May 2017

Events

On 25 May 2017, PIPS hosted “Inclusive and Secure Pakistan” seminar, releasing a national policy report on how to counter violent extremism in Pakistan, and discussing debate on the content of that document. Participants of the seminar urged upon the parliamentarians to help confront the issue by instilling a fresh narrative, overseeing policies impacting internal peace, tightening rules and procedures of extremist-fighting bodies, and above all holding debates on the causes... Read More

Executive Summary of comprehensive package of NAP


PIPS

14 December 2015

Research Article

Ever since NAP has been launched, there has been decline in violence in the country. This decline needs to be sustained by simultaneously addressing the much deeper issues, going beyond the militaristic quick fixes. Without addressing those issues, the fear of return to violence lurks behind. It was in late December 2014 that the Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, responding to the dastardly attack on a school in Peshawar week earlier, rolled out its counter-terror strategy, National... Read More

Sectarian violence in Parachinar: Backgrounder on NAP actions against sectarian terrorists


Safdar Sial

14 December 2015

Research Article

Sectarian terrorists hit a make-shift market in Parachinar on December 13 killing 25 people and wounding more than 60 others. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Aalmi and South Waziristan-based Ansarul Mujahideen separately claimed responsibility for the attack. Historically, Kurram Agency has been a hotspot of sectarian violence between local Sunni and Shia tribes. But in the past few years, situation has significantly improved there. Does December 13 attack indicate that sectarian-oriented terrorists are... Read More

Fighting terror: institutional structure in the context of NAP


Azam Khan and Aamir Saeed

08 December 2015

Research Article

T he National Action Plan, announced after the December 16 attack, enlists 20 points meant to fight terrorism in the country. To undertake these points, the government constituted several committees. A central coordinating body NACTA was already tasked to collaborate on counter-terror information. Above all, apex committees comprising civil-military leadership were formed in all four provinces, on the same subject. This essay describes the several... Read More

Establishing a Counter Terrorism Force


Farhan Zahid

07 December 2015

Research Article

  M any efforts similar to NAP were made in the past. In May 2014, for instance, the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2014-18 was presented, having many features similar to the NAP such as: reforming madrassas, building capacity of security forces, raising anti-terrorist force, enhancing coordination among security agencies, dealing with Afghan refugees, and curbing terrorist financing. But, NISP failed to materialize, not only because of... Read More

NACTA, nay activated


Tariq Parvez

07 December 2015

Research Article

One had thought that the horrific terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014 would evoke a robust response. Much hope was pinned on the National Action Plan, a list of actions the government announced to fight terrorism in the country.[1]Not least, because the National Counter Terrorism Authority [NACTA], is often taken as a coordinating point of all steps of NAP.[2] This was a decision of fundamental nature for integrating and orchestrating the national counter... Read More

Special courts


Shahzad Akbar

07 December 2015

Research Article

In light of National Action Plan, several military-led special courts have been set up across the country. Today, they operate with secrecy. This sets wrong precedent. In any case, military courts are not the solution to cut in militancy in the long-range. What is needed is a long-term strategy, which, instead of dismantling the constitutional setup, strengthens it. So far, that is still missing. Shrouded in secrecy After the Peshawar carnage, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced... Read More

Stopping the banned groups


Mehwish Rani

07 December 2015

Research Article

W hile the NAP lays down a comprehensive framework for combating the entire spectrum of the terrorist threat in Pakistan, its seventh point calls for taking steps against “re-emergence of banned militant organizations.” Clampdown Almost immediately after NAP was released in January, a spurt of activity followed. Sub committees headed by federal ministers to monitor each point of the plan, were set up, though nothing has been heard about them... Read More
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