Collective efforts needed to address root causes of extremism: Ahsan Iqbal

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has emphasised the need for collective efforts to address the root causes of radicalisation and extremism.

He said this while addressing a launch ceremony of a book on the role of Madaris here on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister pointed out that the issue of radicalisation was not confined to this region alone as the youth in Europe were also joining the terrorist groups and fighting in Syria. The minister added that pointing fingers will not help address the issue but will further complicate the matters.

Ahsan also said that the Western world will have to fulfil its responsibility and have to show the same kind concerns for the Muslims of Kashmir, Palestine and Myanmar which they demonstrated for East Timor and South Sudan. He added that the terrorist groups are exploiting the conflicts in the Muslim world to their advantage.

In his remarks on the occasion, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua stated that Madrassa reforms have almost been completed and are currently in the process of giving them a legal shape.

He also said that Wafaqul Madaris has agreed that the seminaries will follow the same syllabus which is being taught in schools and colleges.

Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan Rolf Holmboe appreciated the recent launch of ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ narrative against extremism which also envisages a fatwa against terror attacks.