KP CM directs steps for operationalizing centre to counter extremism

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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has directed the authorities concerned to com-plete necessary steps for operationalizing the Centre of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism. He issued these directives while presiding over the 2nd meeting of the Board of Governors of the Centre of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism here on Friday.

Minister for Higher Education Kamran Bangash, MPA Dr. Ayesha Asad, administrative secretaries of concerned departments, Chief Coordination Officer Centre of Excellence and other board members at-tended the meeting. The chief minister said that the provincial government was taking every possible step to create a peaceful and violence free society adding that establishment of the proposed centre of excellence was also a part of this struggle. He ex-pressed the hope that the Centre would play an im-portant role in creating a peaceful society by using evidence-based innovative approaches and world-wide research to prevent and combat violent extrem-ism in the province.

Briefing about the implementation status of the decisions taken in the last BoG meeting, it was in-formed that human resource and finance committees under the board had been constituted and notified as well. These five members HR and Finance commit-tees chaired by the Chief Coordination Officer of the centre also include representatives from the departments of law, establishment, Home, finance and higher education.

The agreed composition of the aforesaid committees and formally approved the HR and Financial Regu-lations 2022 under the board. The board has also accorded approval to initiate the recruitment process of staff required to operationalize the centre. Earlier, briefing about the aims and objectives of the Centre of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism, its proposed functions and other important aspects, the forum was informed that the Centre would work as a Research Based Institute to cope with the issues emerging from terrorism, subversive activities, ha-tred, extremism, intolerance and radicalization etc.

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