Academia role vital to tackle terrorism: Yasinzai

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) has called upon academia to play its role to tackle the menace of terrorism.
Addressing a conference on “Islam, message of peace and moderation” organized in Makah Mukarrama by Muslim World league (MWL), the Rector IIUI said that terrorism has no place in Islam, Islam gives message of respect to others without any hatred.
He emphasized that Islam’s message of peace and moderation is necessary to be disseminated across the world as it would be a source of dealing with the misperception about Islam.
He said that Islam’s message of peace can be spread only through effective dialogue on each and every forum globally.
“Muslim Ummah should accept this very reality that entire Ummah is facing the menace of terrorism and it cannot be tackled militarily, while academia’s involvement in this regard is a meaningful option” said Dr. Masoom Yasinzai.
He noted that universities play a pivotal role in the socio economic uplift of the societies through their involvement in the peace and moderation projects. He added that it was quite unfortunate that role of educational institutions in peace building was being ignored. The IIUI Rector said that youth, if properly guided, can do wonders in building peaceful and harmonious society.
He was of the view that Muslim Ummah in general and Pakistan in particular has big portion of youth and a good junk of it goes to universities and if these individuals were nurtured in a way that they get balanced personalities integrated with teachings of Islam, it will result in positive developments.
The conference was also attended by the new secretary general of the Muslim World League Abdul Kalam Essa and delegates of various universities.
Dr. Masoom Yasinzai invited the MWL Secretary General to play his effective role in joint cooperation among all the Muslim countries. He invited him to visit Pakistan which he accepted and said he would soon be visiting Pakistan in coming months.