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Changing Narrative Policy Options for Pakistan

Sep 21

03:30pm to 05:00pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Main Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad

Concept Note:

Changing Narrative: Policy Options for Pakistan

Pakistan is in the middle of its struggle to implement counter terrorism policy. It would not only remove hurdles in the way of democracy but also build coherence with international systems. Under the UN Resolution 1373 (2001), and UN Resolution 1624 (2005),  it is mandatory upon all the countries to submit their periodic report on  terrorism and combat efforts.
In Pakistan, National Internal Security Policy (NISP) is the second attempt to formulate national counter terrorism policy. The first attempt was made during the PPP government led by  Yousuf Raza Gilani. The policy was based on  3Ds (Dialogue, Development and Deterrence) . However, it  could never be affected and organization like NACTA could not be made functional. Nawaz Government immediately after coming into power started the process to develop  NISP, which was  approved l in 2014, and now it is in implementation phase. 
Objectives and framework of the NISP seem to be quit comprehensive. It acknowledges the importance of dialogue, negotiations, development, engagement, preventive measures, research and evaluation and most importantly strengthening coordination and information sharing. Moreover, through this policy, the government has recognized and accepted the internal factors of violence and terrorism. The policy  can be divided in to three segments, dialogue, isolation of terrorist, and deterrence development . 
Policy introduces a good number of initiatives and strategies to counter  terrorism in country. On soft side policy, talks about the Comprehensive Response Plan (CRP) and includes elements of dialogue, development, rehabilitation and reconciliation. Socio-economic and infrastructure rehabilitation and development are cornerstones for the  plan. The policy clearly stated that the socio-economic development will be the key to engage communities and youth for productive use.  
Development of national narrative to counter the ideological war and development of national consensus is another initiative on soft side. Moreover, the policy gave due importance to the engagement of youth for productive and constructive purpose. For the purpose, the policy called for investment in education, vocational training and other skills for ensuring secure livelihoods. 
On hard side, the policy introduced Composite Deterrence Plan (CDP) and it focuses on preventive as well as reactive measures. One good thing is moving from reactive mode to proactive mode. However, immediate focus would be on the elimination of all forms of violence, terrorism, sectarianism and others. Core of the CDP is comprehensive plan to strengthen the coordination mechanisms and intelligence sharing for timely and proactive actions. The purpose will be achieved through the NACTA and its department, Directorate of Internal Security (DIS).
 Believing that there are areas, which need attention and more explicit discussion,  SDPI is organizing a series of seminars to explore different dimensions of NISP. 
The first seminar in this connection would be organized on the subject “Changing Narrative: Policy Options for Pakistan”. 
Specific objectives of the seminar are;
1.To discuss the present narrative of terrorism and its implication on the society 
2.To discuss the narrative  required to combat  terrorism and what would be mechanisms to achieve it
3.To deliberate upon the role of civil society in changing narrative

  • To discuss the present narrative of terrorism and its implication on the society
  • To discuss the narrative  required to combat  terrorism and what would be mechanisms to achieve it .
  • To deliberate upon the role of civil society in changing narrative.
  • Afrasiab Khattak (ANP)
  • Jan Achakzai (Political Analyst)
  • Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry (PMLN)
  • Osman Saifullah Khan (PPP)
  • Ali Muhammad Khan (PTI)
  • Liaqat Baloch / Mian Aslam (JI)
  • Shakeel Ramay