Mainstreaming Extremist Religious Organizations in Pakistan: Challenge or Opportunity?

“Mainstreaming Extremist Religious Organizations in Pakistan: Challenge or Opportunity?”

The event is being organized in light of a series of recent events that have highlighted the attempted entry of known and generally acknowledged extremist religious entities – most prominently the ‘Tehreek-e-Labbaik ya Rasool Allah’, which is now politically known as the ‘Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’, and Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s ‘Milli Muslim League’ – into the mainstream political arena, and the potential consequences of such moves.

The argument often put forward for the mainstreaming of such entities is to encourage a move away from radical or violent activities by creating space and giving these organizations a voice within regulated power structures. However, what we have witnessed instead are situations where the government finds itself a hostage of the demands and ideas of these parties, most recently at the Faizabad ‘dharna’ that held the twin cities hostage for over 20 days, and resulted in the resignation of a Federal Minister on the basis of pressure from a fringe element, whose position and values become validated by allowing their formal entry into the political arena.

The purpose of the Roundtable will be to discuss the impact of the use of ‘street power’ to threaten state institutions and challenge its jurisdiction/authority, the resultant emboldening of other fringe elements, and the impact on the political, legal and socio-economic aspects of public life at large. We hope to encourage an open, candid and productive discussion, aimed at better understanding and devising possible policy recommendations/ways forward for tackling these challenges.

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“Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.”

-Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN)
12 September 2013

CPGS joining hands with Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform & United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in achieving SDG’S Targets; SDG’s a Step towards better tomorrow:

United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 inter-linked targets. There is no denying the fact, that the world is in a grip of multiple challenges in general and Pakistan in particular. The changing dynamics of the national interests transformed the nature of problems and subsequent solutions the world at large. By considering the evolving nature of the world, member states adopted 2030 agenda for sustainable development to mitigate the challenges spewing due to man-made interventions in prevalent environment. Pakistan is also a country working under SDG’S framework. But there is a grim picture to oversight these 17 areas highlighted under SDG’S network and data is not sufficient to give an exact estimate and clear picture of prevalent development. By realizing the fact that what is Pakistan’s current position to achieve the targets? What are the challenges faced in achieving the set targets? Where the gaps are originally found? What are the barriers in foreseeing the areas? CPGS initiated a project to establish and join a task force with Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform & United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and play its role in enforcement of Sustainable Development Goals, suggesting and developing possible measures to achieve SDG’S targets in Pakistan. CPGS partnership with Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform would not only assist in research to identify problems, data collection, propose solutions and strategies but will also help the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform to devise strategies based on creating the public awareness campaigns and suggest better outreach for the implementation of the targeted goals set by SDG’s. The 17 Goals set by SDG’s are as follows:

Understanding the challenges faced by Pakistan, the CPGS has taken an initiative to carry research for developing policies and propose strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The CPGS has identified the key areas to contribute in a systematic manner by setting up a priority list of 10 pivotal goals that need dire attention in order to mitigate the challenges namely:

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After the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) government came to power to till now, the American CIA has carried out 55 drone strikes in Pakistan. In these attacks, approximately 321 militants have been killed, including Hakeem Ullah Mehsood – the former Chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Afghan Taliban Ameer Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

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