Counter-Narrative and Strategies against Religious Extremism in Pakistan

Pakistan Club

May 28, 2015: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Pakistan Club, in collaboration with Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), proudly presents activist lawyer Jibran Nasir who will share his experience of activism against religious intolerance and sectarian violence in Pakistan.



Chicago Theological Seminary Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies
Upper Chapel, 4th Floor
1407 E. 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:

Ample parking is available in the Seminary's parking lot. 

Event Details

Jibran will be sharing his experience of activism against religious intolerance and sectarian violence. He will be highlighting and emphasizing State institutionalized religious extremism and discrimination, embedded in certain laws of Pakistan. He will also explain the role of non-state actors in spreading religious intolerance and terrorism and consequently how now it has become the responsibility of each Pakistani citizen to steer their country toward a peaceful tomorrow.

Jibran believes that is vital to engage the Islamist right wing and reclaim the Mosque to be able to counter the militant brand of Islam globally, and believes that the growing religious strife in Pakistan is part of a global phenomenon. For him finding solutions in Pakistan could lead the way for a global citizen's movement against violent extremist narrative for the 21st century.

"We are not a nation of Taliban apologists. The counter extremism narrative is the Pakistani narrative." - Mohammad Jibran Nasir


Cost: Compliments of Chicago Booth and The Pakistan Club


Register Online

Given the sensitivity - and popularity - of this event, we are requiring an RSVP. Also, it's by invitation, so please do not forward to listserv's or willy nilly.

If you are UChicago-affiliated (or an invited guest), please register via this link (unless you are registered already):

If you are CTS-affiliated (or their invited guest), please use the following link to register:

Dress Code: Business casual

Professional photography by Shahrukh Hasan

Ethan Casey, author of Alive and Well in Pakistan and a great friend of the Pakistan Club, has kindly donated 25 of his books as a gift for our non-Pakistani friends for this event.

Deadline: 5/22/2015


6:00 PM-6:45 PM: Networking and Reception

6:45 PM-7:00 PM: Welcome and Introduction by Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva, Ph.D.

7:00 PM-8:00 PM: Presentation by Jibran Nasir

Speaker Profiles

Zainab Imam (Moderator)
MPP '15

Zainab Imam is a graduate student in public policy at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. She worked as a journalist in Karachi, Pakistan, focusing on the return of the democratic political process in Pakistan.

Mohammad Jibran Nasir (Speaker)
Facebook:/MohammadJibranNasir Twitter: @MJibranNasir

Mohammad Jibran Nasir is a 28 year old lawyer, civil rights activist, and blogger. He contested the 2013 general elections as an independent candidate from Karachi.

Jibran co-founded two social and relief outreach programs PehlaQadam in 2010 and Hum Qadam in 2014, which have provided food relief to over 6000 internally displaced persons and flood affected families in Pakistan. He is also the co-founder of the advocacy collective, Pakistan for All, which advocates against hate speech, violation of human rights and censorship of media. Jibran is a regular writer on Express Tribune and and has hosted current affairs show on DawnNewsTv.

Jibran contested the 2013 general elections from NA-250 offering a secular manifesto which emphasized the paramount importance of countering religious intolerance and terrorism as Pakistan's top priorities.

He was featured by the Foreign Policy Magazine in 2013 as one of three Pakistanis doing notable work against sectarian violence.

In the aftermath of the December 16, 2014 Peshawar Army Public School attack, Jibran has been leading the citizen's movement against terrorism, organizing and running two campaigns, #ReclaimYourMosques and #NeverForgetPK, in an effort to put pressure on the Government of Pakistan to start a crack down on banned militant outfits. As a result Jibran has faced an arrest and has been threatened by the Taliban. Moreover other banned militant outfits have falsely accused him of blasphemy and have even tried to implicate him in fabricated criminal cases as unsuccessful attempts to intimidate and silence him.

Online references:
The Independent
Jibran Nasir: The quiet lawyer and activist who is taking on Pakistan's Taliban

The Guardian
Leader of protests against Pakistani cleric fights on despite Taliban threat

Foreign Policy
Pakistanis pushing back against killing in God's name

Protesting Against Terrorism in Pakistan

Express Tribune
Editorial: Jibran Nasir

How One Pakistani Is Bringing About An Anti-Terrorism Civilian Revolution


K. Rizwan Kadir, '97 

Other Information

The Pakistan Club, now in its 12th year, started out as an alumni organization at Chicago Booth. Over the years, we partnered with other divisions for our activities to emerge as the voice of Pakistan and its advocate.

Our membership consists of current students, alumni, and faculty from different Divisions of the University. We have conducted admissions sessions, high-profile presentations by senior corporate executives, policy makers, and academics (including a Nobel economist). We also hosted a highly successful investment conference about Pakistan and another one about the the Silk Road countries.