ISLAMABAD, Jan 09 (INP): Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage (IB&NH) Senator Pervaiz Rasheed has called for greater mobilization among the countrymen to flush menace of terrorism and extremism from the country. Addressing a seminar organized by SAFMA entitled “will Pakistan change”, Pervaiz Rasheed underlined the need to go along with the changes towards greater economic progress in the neighborhood and adopt a course of cooperation rather than continuing with confrontation. The Minister for Information said the democratic government and all political forces have taken the ownership of the war against religious extremism and terrorism and it will continue till all armed militias will be eliminated. He assured civil society that the government is cognizant of its concerns and they will be addresses in due course of time. Addressing the seminar, Senator Farhatullah Babar emphasized the need to keep up the national narrative against terrorism. He said this war is against an extremist ideology and we must continue to fight till the extremist mindset id defeated. Leading journalist Zahid Hussain called upon the mainstream political parties to mobilize their rank and file against extremist narrative so that people are mobilized at the grassroots level. Mr Ziauddin called for paradigm shift in Pakistan’s security and foreign policies. Gen (retd.) Talat Masood said that the war against terror has to be all-sided and should be fought on ideological, political and military levels. Secretary General SAFMA Imtiaz Alam proposed the resolution that was passed by the participants. The participants of SAFMA seminar welcomed the resolve of political and military leadership in initiating, hopefully, an all out war on all fronts against the perpetrators, ideologues and abettors of terrorism in the name of religion and those fighting against the state. In a resolution, they demanded to implement all those points of National Action Plan that are yet to be implemented and hoped the new policy will help bring a paradigm shift in our erstwhile security and foreign policies and shall not spare any terrorist outfit and banned organization on any pretext whatsoever. Emphasizing the need to defeat terrorism and religious/sectarian extremism at ideological, educational and cultural levels, the leading intellectuals and journalists offered their services to develop an alternative national democratic narrative against extremist narrative and showed their readiness to help public and private sector media in popularizing anti-terrorism/extremism narrative and adopt a code that ensures censuring of extremism/sectarianism while keeping freedom of media. They condemned killing of journalists in France by terrorists and called for greater tolerance and respect for various religions and peaceful coexistence of the followers of various faiths. The participants of the SAFMA seminar proposed following recommendations: 1. Operation against all those militants who have been patronized as strategic assets and some of them are still active in so-called Jehad in Kashmir and elsewhere. 2. Enforcement of ban on surrogate bodies and renamed banned organizations. 3. Effectively banning hate materials and prohibiting hate speech and ending glorification or justification of terrorism in the name of jehad or Qattal. 4. Education reforms, reforms of curricula of madaris and both private and public schools, colleges and universities in particular. 5. Counter Terrorism/extremism narrative. 6. Promotion of culture, performing arts, democratic values, pluralism and tolerance. 7. Ensuring rights of minorities, various vulnerable groups and women. 8. Creation of effective intelligence sharing and follow-up mechanism. 9. Rehabilitation of IDPs. 10. Establishment of Effective mechanisms and institutions at the provincial and district levels. 11. Complete reversal of erstwhile policy of keeping terrorist groups as strategic assets or as an instrument of achieving certain foreign policy and security objectives. 12. Complete reversal of strategic depth policy in Afghanistan and encouraging militancy across Loc. 13. Allowing greater transparency and accessibility to information regarding military operation. 14. Ensuring due process of justice in military courts with the inclusion of civil judges in military courts while allowing appeal against military courts’ judgments before the Supreme Court.
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