I AM KARACHI Talks 9.0 2019

I AM KARACHI Talks 9.0 was a marvellous event. I AM KARACHI Talks 9.0 focused on 'ways of preventing and countering radicalization in our community' and all the speakers had insightful stories to share.

I AM KARACHI held another round of IAK TALKS on July 19, 2019 at Zia-ud-Din University Clifton, Karachi on the topic of “Ways of preventing and countering radicalization in our community”.

Karachi has been a victim of violence and extremism over the past decade. But countering violent extremism and peace building major by all the stakeholders has successfully reclaimed its vibrancy. In many instances, the societies that have made headway in achieving peaceful, progressive and harmonious existence are those which have prevent and counter radicalization in their community. It is key that people use different tool and techniques to contribute in a positive way to their communities and to their city.

Standee at the venue.

Ambareen Thompson, Executive Director of I AM KARACHI, said in her welcoming note

“Karachi, once Pakistan’s most vibrant city suffered violence and divides for over 30 years. The government has worked to restore law and order but not much has been done to bring harmony and promote inter community peace building. IAK works to actively fill this void by bringing communities, ethnicities and viewpoints together, to talk, to discuss and to understand each other. Only through people to people contact in public spaces and on common topics can we build durable peace and societies that take greater ownership”.

The speakers in the IAK TALKS were Fahim Siddiqui (Journalist), Sidra Iqbal (Anchor Person), Naseem Hameed (Athlete), and Ahsan Bari (Musician).

Fahim Siddiqui talked about the importance of community based vigilance and un-biased reporting can lead to reduction in marginalization/stereotyping of a community and promote acceptance.

Sidra Iqbal explained role of an opinion leader, especially media personal, in promoting peaceful narrative, and to counter hate speech that leads to radicalization.

Naseem Hameed emphasized on the inclusion of women in sports can create a positive role model for the youth and facilitate in creating more resilient community in Chakra Goth, Korangi?

Ahsan Bari discussed influence of music and song-writing anger of youth and provide alternative avenues to bring tolerance and acceptance in community.

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