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PIPS to hold “Dialogue Pakistan 2022” on March 26

The event will stimulate policy discussion on peace and security

Islamabad– Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) is all set to hold its annual flagship event “Dialogue Pakistan 2022” on 26 March (Saturday) in an effort to stimulate policy discussion on key issues related to peace and security in the country.

This year’s discussion themes include “the future of parliament, constitution, and democracy; Taliban’s Afghanistan, and challenges for Pakistan; the debate on freedom of expression: where does the problem lie?; and policy discourse on governance, and transparency.”

The Dialogue Pakistan provides a platform to discuss the need and ways of achieving peace in Pakistan. The event is well attended and received by policymakers/legislators, academicians, media persons, experts and subject specialists, civil society representatives, as well as students and general public.

PIPS – an Islamabad-based policy research and advocacy institute – will also launch two important documents during the event. “Charter of Peace” – a document laying down recommendations for countering radicalization and extremism in Pakistan, will be launched in a special ceremony that will be attended by Special Representative to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Interfaith Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, and SAPM on Information and Broadcasting Raoof Hasan. The Charter has been designed after several consultations with stakeholders including religious, and political leadership of the country.

The institute will also launch the national report on “How Youth in Pakistan View State, Society, Religion, and Politics.” Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry will grace the event as chief guest while Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Dr Qibla Ayaz will chair the session of the report launch.

The report contains views of over 700 university students surveyed by PIPS from all across the country. The students were trained to sensitize them about faith-based issues occurring in the country to form a network of PIPS Observatory – a web-based platform to develop a multifaceted complaint mechanism to report incidents of faith-based persecution and discrimination.

The event will be organized at Islamabad Hotel from 9:30 am to 5:40 pm on next Saturday and is open to the public.