Capacity building workshop for parliamentarians concludes

ISLAMABAD:The two-day capacity building workshop titled “Strategic Communication and Media Engagement in Crisis Situation” for the parliamentarians concluded here Wednesday.

It was the second training workshop for the parliamentarians, organized by ‘Pakistan Peace Collective’ (PPC), a research and communication project of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The workshop was aimed at refining the skills of the participants, comprising members of the National Assembly, the Senate and all the provincial assemblies, including members of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir assemblies, with a deeper understanding of interacting with media during crisis situations.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony.

PIPS Executive Director Zafarullah Khan and CEO of Pakistan Peace Collective Mian Shabbir Anwer thanked the chief guest for sparing time to address the participants and the members of the parliament / assemblies for attending the training workshop which, they said, would help in refining their skills to interact with the media with confidence during any crisis situation.

It may be added that during the training workshop, the participants were sensitized with the role of parliamentarians in development and dissemination of national narrative against violent extremism and the importance of strategic communication to neutralize the psychological impact of violent behaviour on the society.

The interactive discussion sessions were followed by simulation mock exercises to participate in talk show as well as on-site individual press talk.

The speakers/trainers of the workshop included Ms Quatrina Hosain, Barrister Mahreen Khan, Brig ® Mowadat H Rana and Khurshid Nadeem, who covered various issues relating to violent extremism.

The training module for the said workshop was specifically designed to enhance the skills and capacity of the parliamentarians on utilizing appropriate techniques and language-set to boost public resilience against violence extremism.