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Violent Extremism in Pakistan
Mr Abdul Basit Senior Associate Fellow
Mr Abdul Basit
This book chapter, which will be published by Routledge, London was accepted on 5 August 2020. It contends that Pakistan’s current security-centric Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) framework structured around the de-radicalisation of ex-militants, counter-radicalisation messaging, outlawing of militant groups, and criminalisation of hate speech needs to be enhanced to include prevention strategies and peace-centric approaches. In its current form, it focuses on the reduction and elimination of violent extremism rather than achieving peace by addressing the root-causes of the problem. This chapter has adopted a descriptive-analytical approach using a host of primary and secondary sources on the subject such as the National Internal Security Policies, Paigham-e-Pakistan, the National Action Plan (NAP), data on the website of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) as well as most recent newspaper reporting, think-tank reports, journal papers and book chapters on the subject.