WASHINGTON: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan is implementing a comprehensive strategy to succeed against extremism and build a better, peaceful and prosperous future for children of the world.
He said, “Only through a comprehensive response, can we succeed against extremism and build a better peaceful and prosperous future for our children. Pakistan has shown more commitment to this cause than most in the region.”
The minister was speaking during the panel discussion entitled “Promoting Educational Initiatives to Build Resilience against Extremist Recruiting” on the first day of a White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) here on Thursday.
The three-day summit has been convened by the White House to bring together local, federal, and international leaders – including President Obama and foreign ministers – to discuss concrete steps that the international community can take to develop community-oriented approaches for countering hateful extremist ideologies that radicalize, recruit or incite to violence.
The minister said Pakistan is currently engaged in a comprehensive national effort to evolve an effective response against terrorism and extremism.
Pakistan is now in the process of implementing a comprehensive National Action Plan (NAP) developed through complete national consensus in the aftermath of the Peshawar incident, he said
He said NAP calls for countering hate speech and extremist material, choking financing for terrorists, taking effective steps against religious persecution, regulation of religious schools or madrassas and measures against abuse of social media for terrorism or glorification of terrorism in any manner.
He called for looking into factors for radicalization which is causing violent extremism – from education to poverty; from perceived or real injustices, deprivations and sense of alienation, to conflicts and unresolved disputes and from sheer intolerance to religious, racial and even ethnic hatred.
“We need to address not only the symptoms of radicalization but also its root causes that might be intrinsic as well as extrinsic to any culture and society that breeds it.
Our knowledge of processes of radicalization and de- radicalization remains limited and at times guided more by political rhetoric and media stereotyping rather than the ground realities.”
The minister noted, “the often pervasive belief that every man carrying a beard or every woman wearing a scarf is an extremist can often mislead us into policies and actions that can only be counterproductive.”
Chaudhry Nisar said a key finding is that indoctrination is important for radicalization, and that education helps in both preventing radicalization of youth in the first place and in their de-radicalization also.