27th to 29th May 2015            
Starting at 8.30. A.M.




Bargad, in collaboration with Umeed Jawan and Government of the Punjab is holding a three-day Pur Amn Pakistan Conference. The main aim of this Pur Amn Pakistan Conference will be to reflect upon the extremism situation, key challenges to civil society, media and communities and to devise strategies for countering violent extremism and peace promotion through cutting-edge recommendations. This will be attended by youth, parliamentarians, political leaders, government officials, policy makers, civil society organizations, thematic experts, community leaders and media representatives.


   To decipher the National Action Plan (NAP) and mobilize support from public interest groups

   Pay tribute to the parents of the young martyrs of the Peshawar attack and vow to “Never Again”

   Collect recommendation from the dignitaries from media, government and policy making, to devise an effective implementation plan for the National Action Plan

   Scrutinize the media, youth and education sectors to identify root causes for extremism

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Conference Schedule

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26th May
07:00 P.M. - 09:00 P.M.

Dinner chaired by MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif at Chief Minister Secretariat, Lahore

27th May
08:30 A.M. - 09:30 A.M.

Registration of the participants

09:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

Session 1 : Opening

Moderator: Ms Sidra Iqbal

   Recitation of the Holy Quran.
   National Anthem.
   Conference objectives by Ms. Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director Bargad
   Opening remarks from Honourable Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Provincial Minister for Youth
      and Education, Government of Punjab.
   Speech by a representative from Umeed Jawan.
   Keynote address by either the President of Pakistan, Honorable Syed Mamnoon Hussain

11:00 A.M.

Tea Break

11:30 A.M. - 01:30 P.M.

Session 2: Deciphering the National Action Plan

Moderator: Aniq Zafar

To discuss the supporting role that media and civil societies can play in supporting the National Action Plan (NAP).

   Panelists: Senator Mushahid Husain (PML-Q),Mr. Asad Umar (PTI)-TBC, Haji Adeel, Qamar Zaman Kaira,
      Faisal Sabzwari
   Questions/ Answers Session
   Synthesizing 5 key recommendations coming out of the session

01:30 P.M.

Lunch Break

02:30 P.M. - 05:00 P.M.

Session 3: Never Again

Moderator: Hamid Mir
Panelists: Ramesh Arora, MPA; and Mary Gill- MPA

Guests of Honour: Fifty mothers of the deceased APS children and three survivor children from APS Peshawar and two mothers from Youhannabad

   Documentary film of 5-7 minutes to give tribute to the parents of the deceased children at APS Peshawar
   A song dedication by school children
   Five mothers of the deceased APS children, two mothers from Youhanabad and three survivor children
      from APS Peshawar
   Distribution of shields amongst the mothers of the deceased children of APS Peshawar

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Showcasing peace building work done by the Umeed Jawan Partners

09:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Simultaneous Morning Sessions
Session I: Youth Participation for Peace Building

Chaired by Vickas Mokal,Chairperson Youth Parliamentary Caucus Punjab
Panelists: Sadia Atta Mehmood -UNFPA, Shahzad Khan-CDA, Khuram Shahzad-CWS
Usman Rasheed- President BVN, Raziq Fahim-CYAAD

   Case studies of youth activists on CVE
    Questions/ Answers Session
    Synthesizing 5 key recommendations coming out of the session

09:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Session II: Militant organization communication strategies and ways to counter them

Chaired by Honourable Ms Sherry Rehman
Moderator: Gulmina Bilal Ahmad
Panelists: Aniq Zafar, Wajahat Masood- Columnist, Lecturer BNU, Sehar Tariq - USIP

   The panel discussion looking at how to counter militant communication strategies
    Questions/ Answers Session
    Synthesizing 5 key recommendations coming out of the session

09:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Session III: Extremism and mainstream media

Chaired: Arif Nizami
Panelists: Omar R Quraishi- ARY News Digital, Amjid Bhatti, Yasir Pirzada

   This session will look at the manner in which extremists and militants are given a platform to espouse their
      views within the mainstream media
    Questions/ Answers Session
    Synthesizing 5 key recommendations coming out of the session

12.30 P.M.

Lunch Break

02:00 P.M. - 04:30 P.M.

Parallel Afternoon Sessions
Session I:Peace Building on Campuses

Chaired by Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin- Chairperson Higher Education Punjab
Panelists: Dr. Mujahid Kamran- Vice Chancellor, Punjab University, Dr. Syed Khawaja Alqama- Vice Chancellor BZU, Iqbal Haider Butt, Dr. Khaleeq u Zaman, Mr. Amir Riaz-Researcher, Publisher, Editor, Mahwish Sultan
The panelists will look into campus dynamics between political groups and to look for ways to ensure that these dynamics can be exploited in the name of spreading peaceful narratives

    Questions/ Answers Session
    Synthesizing 5 key recommendations coming out of the session

02:00 P.M. - 04:30 P.M.

Session II: Cyber Extremism

Moderator: Munizae Jahangir
Panelists: Mubashir Akram, Asad Ahmad-Bytes for All, Abdullah Saad, Risham Waseem-Media Project Officer-IRC, Raziq Fahim

    A panel discussion
    Questions/ Answers Session
    Synthesizing 5 key recommendations coming out of the session

02:00 P.M. - 04:30 P.M.

Workshop: Introduction to USIP Peace Innovation Fund Shift down

Moderator: Sehar Tariq

   Q&A about the fund
    Exercise on mapping drivers of violence in communities - how to identify drivers of violence
    Developing low cost, innovative ideas for addressing drivers of violence
    How to put your ideas on paper and apply to the Peace Innovation Fund
    -tips for writing and submitting a proposal

04.30 P.M. - 05.30 P.M.

IRC Theatre

09.30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Way Forward for Pur Amn Pakistan

Chaired by Honorable Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif

09:30 A.M. - 09:40 A.M.

Greeting and receiving Honorable Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif

09:40 A.M. - 09:50 A.M.


09:50 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.


10:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.

Introduction of the conference by moderators Dr Huma Baqai- Director IBA/ Anchorperson and Salma Butt

10:15 A.M. - 10:40 A.M.

Briefing to the CM by a Bargad representative about prior proceedings of the conference sessions

10:40 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.

Sharing of recommendations made during the conference sessions

11:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Passing of the conference resolution

11:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M

Closing speech by Honourable Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif

12:00 P.M

Closing of the session