Collective efforts needed to fight extremism

Islamabad: Pakistan needs collective efforts and shared response from Pakistani media, civilian society, political parties and security forces to combat radicalism and extremism.

This was stated by the speakers at a joint seminar conducted by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Minority Rights Group (MRG) & Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherland here on Monday.

The speakers discussed the radicalism in Pakistan and its possible solutions to prevent this plague from further spreading.

In his welcome address, Dr. Abid Qayium Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI lamented the killing of lawyer Rashid Rehman in Multan, which is an example of vacuum of tolerance and patience in our society.

While chairing the session, Mehmood Bashir Virk, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights suggested that media and civil society should join hands together and launch a vigorous campaign against violence and also publish human interest stories about the victims of indiscriminate terrorist violence.

Prof Ibrahim from Jamaat-e-Islami proposed that the vital need for a grand strategy for covering terrorism and extremism is based on inculcating justice in society. Unfortunately, we don’t have an independent state, which is under debt of IMF and World Bank.

Ejaz Haider, Senior Analyst and Expert on National Security Affairs highlighted that the real problem is not terrorism, it is extremism and unfortunately, we are full of religion, but devoid of culture.” He also talked about the monopoly of violence. “Monopoly of violence does not mean that the state should have the power to do anything with the masses but it states that this power should be legitimized through specific rules and laws” he added.

Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf opined that terrorism is a tree and radicalization provides a balanced food to grow the tree properly. Youth can be the best way to bring peace in world by nurturing their minds through providing them soul energizing activities.

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