‘Violent extremism a serious threat to peace, development’

Our Correspondent

Gujrat

Speakers at a workshop here on Wednesday maintained that violent extremism poses a serious threat to the peace and security, social harmony and economic and social development of the country, and called for concrete measures to counter the growing radical narratives in the country.
The two-day workshop titled ‘Countering Violent Extremism Training of Trainers for Ulema and Faculty’ held here at the University of Gujrat discussed a broad range of challenges facing the country in the line of preventing and countering violent extremism, focusing on the ways to counter radicalization and disengagement, particularly of the youth.
Addressing the ceremony, University of Gujrat Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zia ul Qayyum said Pakistan faces a range of challenges, including persistent threats posed by extremists and other violent groups, adding that these challenges exacerbated by problems such as underdevelopment and unemployment potentially make the youth more vulnerable to empty promises of a better life and financial incentives offered by the terrorist and extremist organizations.
Emphasizing the critical role faculty members and the Ulema can play in countering violent extremism, he called for an exerted effort to engage youth in constructive activities besides providing them ample opportunities to build their careers and grow, which will eventually generate hope among them as well address the social, political and economic injustice and grievances. Other speakers called for effort focusing on the protection of youth from falling into the hands of extremist groups by increasing the participation of youth in various community and development efforts.

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