ISLAMABAD, Nov 25 (Online): Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira has said Pakistan should evolve its narrative against extremism clearly and with mutual consultation
“ Pakistan should evolve its narrative against extremism clearly and with mutual consultation. All the stake holders of state should demonstrate political maturity to deal with this menace effectively”, he said this while addressing a consultative session titled “Re-emergence of violent extremism in Pakistan held here in local hotel here Friday.
The session was organized by Communication Research Strategies (CRS) in collaboration with United States Institute of Peace (USIP) here.
Kaira highlighted the experiments particularly done between 2008 to 2013 when Pakistan defeated violent extremism successfully.
Former DG ISI Maj Gen (Rtd) Athar Abbas, defence expert Maj Gen (Retd) Ijaz Awan, education expert and member planning commission Dr Ishtiaq and regional affairs experts Mehmood Jan Babar and Iftikhar Firdous also participated in the session.
The participants expressed their concern over growing incidents of militancy in the country once again and they expressed their opinion to allay the prospective impact of militants narrative in the general public.
The participants were told the militant groups are making contacts through digital media by using modern technology to spread their propaganda and it is very hard to monitor and control it.
In the opinion of Gen (Retd) Athar Abbas political stability is imperative for gradual decline in terrorism and extremism.
Mehmood Jan Babar said the militants are endeavoring to win the hearts of locals by making the political and local problems as base. However it has been observed that they are not succeeding in achieving their objectives considerably. This is the reason that people are rejecting them.
Iftikhar Firdous said people have vehemently opposed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and now they are not ready to give them any concession and this factor has come to open in big public protest in KP recently.