‘De-radicalisation’ plan under study in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The government is considering to start a national de-radicalisation programme to combat rising fundamentalism and extremism in the country.

A statement issued after a meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet held here on Wednesday said: “It was decided in the committee that special attention shall be given to a de-radicalisation programme to motivate youth to engage and isolate them from militancy and terrorism and bring them back to peaceful living.”

The meeting was presided over by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

“We need to clearly identify the threat posed by terrorism, including the underlying factors such as ideological, motivational, funding, weapon supply, training and organisational support for terrorist groups and those aiding and abetting the terrorists,” he said.

The meeting was attended by federal ministers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, services chiefs and senior officers.

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4 replies

  1. Unless the true understanding of the peaceful message of Islam is sought how can a true change be brought in the society. Because it is the misunderstanding about the Islamic teachings which is flourishing the violence and terrorism. Current religious clergy is to be blamed and it is they who need to be educated so they in turn can educate the masses. Who can carry this task except the ones who have the true understanding of Islamic teachings.It is up to the intelligentia to compare, realize and propagate it thru the media. Clergy is currently entangled and too busy in spreading negative feelings among different denominations.

  2. No President nor Prime Minister has yet had the courage to openly declare that declaring members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat non-Muslim was a mistake. (Even President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto said to the Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat: “I know that you are a better Muslim than me. This is just a political thing”). Without getting at the root cause of all evil no progress can be made. Anyway, a tiny little step in the right direction.

  3. The Government should telecast talk shows, filmed in Europe and Dubai and played on PTV and other channels to educate masses about moderate Islam. Perhaps they could be inviting Ahmadi panelists, who have demonstrated their abilities and insight in MTA programs like Rah e Huda.

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