Kharian—Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that corruption, economic imbalance and double standard of education were root causes of the terrorism and the provincial government has taken various measures under tripartite plan to address basic factors leading to spread of terrorism.
The Chief Minister expressed these views while addressing a joint graduation parade of the National Integrated Counter Terrorism Course and Training Course for capacity building of the Frontier Corps at Kharian on Monday.
Corps Commander Lt. General Umer Farooq Durrani, Lt.General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Inspector General Training and Evaluation Pakistan Army and other senior officers of the security agencies were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that corruption provided base for spreading terrorism while economic imbalance generated economic injustice in the society resultantly the people got deprived of their rights and they felt themselves unsecured.
He said that partial and low quality education system also added to the militancy as the well off have the resources while the poor were deprived of every basic amenities of life.
When the state institutions failed to address problems of the masses and provide them due security, then the people started getting involved in illegal and unlawful activities, the Chief Minister said adding these basic problems had to be resolved to get rid of terrorism. Unless we address these problems, the fear of terrorism would continue to hound us, he maintained.
We have to know about reasons of spreading terrorism in the light of our societal traditions. What are the loopholes in the society which facilitate terrorists to fulfil their nefarious designs, the Chief Minister said.
He recalled that when he formed the government in 2013, terrorism, extortion, kidnapping and corruption was rampant while the police department was totally politicised. We immediately started work on three pronged strategy i.e. Social Integration, Political Integration and Military Integration for the maintenance of peace in the province.
The Chief Minister said the government of KP introduced a record legislation and reforms for elimination of corruption, stability in the government institutions and supremacy of justice and merit. Right to Services Act, Right to Information and Whistle Blower acts were passed from the provincial legislature besides making police a political department and gave it operational and financial autonomy.
Concluding the Chief Minister appreciated the standard of the training provided to the FC jawans by Pakistan Army which would certainly enhance their professional capabilities.