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Published Date: May 7, 2014

SDPI Press Release (May 07, 2015)

High Level Experts Meeting on Human Security has recommended to take
possible preventive measures to counter radicalization in the country
besides educating people about state laws, constitutional rights and
international human rights. The meeting also emphasized that the state
institutions should be sensitized to provide constitutional rights to
various ethnic groups, minorities, labour,and workers. 

The meeting organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute, (SDPI) here on Wednesday
at Marriot Hotel Islamabad, aimed to recap the state of human security
in Pakistan and to gather expert opinion on human security research
needs. Representative of Government of Pakistan, UN agencies, human
rights bodies, lawyers, academics, researchers, and journalists also
attended the meeting.

his welcome remarks, Dr. Abid Qayium Suleri, the SDPI Executive
Director, said that being a think tank, SDPI’s major role is to engage
with the civil society, and policy-makers so as to facilitate them to
produce results that allow both people and governments to act
responsibly. “SDPI takes human security as a paradigm that serves as a
means to bring governance stability and allows preservation of people’s
well-being and rights regardless of difficult circumstances that may be
caused by man-made disasters or natural disasters”, he stressed.

Sahaqat Kakakhel, the Chairman Board of Governors, SDPI, emphasized the
importance of action based research and institutional commitment to
understand the issues facing the bottlenecks in the way of peace and
security. He said that human security has to be ensured through greater
collaboration between all stakeholders, including the state – and the
society. He observed that both state and society has to work in
collaboration with one and another in order to ensure progress of Human
Security in Pakistan

Maleeha Aslam, the Head of Gender and Human Security Division, SDPI,
emphasized the importance of achieving the overall security objective
through both state security and human security however, state security
concerns must not compromise human security that could prove to be
counterproductive. “UNDP’s definition of human security remain by far
the most authoritative and widely cited and along with it the concept
has been defined elaborately in academia, wider civil society, and even
by governments such as Japan, Canada and Norway” said Dr. Aslam.

Khattak, the Deputy Country Representative, UNDP, opined that
radicalization is a pervasive and rampant issue in Pakistan. However,
weak governance, disruptive economic, socio-political structures and
lack of education has contributed a lot towards radicalization. That’s
why, radicalism or extremism has resulted in thousands of deaths due to
suicide attacks, sectarian violence and target killings in the past

Mehmood Khan, Author of Human Security in Pakistan discussed about his
book based on three subsets – women, children and educational security
in the case of Pakistan. Talking about the personal security in Pakistan
he shared that 50k fatalities and 20k violent acts has happened in
Pakistan. Since 2003, 3200 people has been killed in around 400 drone
attacks. He also shared the shocking digit of journalist fatalities in
Pakistan from 1994 – 2014 i.e. 78.

those present were Nisar Memon, Khawar Mumtaz, Dr. Masuma Hasan, Zia
Awan, Karamat Ali, Simi Raheal, Yasmeen Zaidi, Kausar Khan, Zahid
Hussain, Dr. Najma Najam, and Shafqat Munir.