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Govt decided to amend policy to counter violent extremism

We need to create awareness among the people about extremist elements, said Interior Minister.

Islamabad, 19 July, 2023 (GNP): The federal government has planned to amend a national policy to counter violent extremism as its tenure is set to expire in a few weeks.

In a meeting on Tuesday to analyze the National Counter Violent Extremism Policy 2022, the government decided to involve all stakeholders in the consultative process, bring some amendments to the policy, and submit it to the federal cabinet for approval.

The meeting was held under the supervision of the Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan. The other attendees of the meeting were Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar, Minister for Human Rights Riaz Hussain Pirzada, and Minister of State for Interior Abdul Rehman Kanju.

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Meanwhile, the Director General of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) presented a comprehensive briefing at the meeting regarding the goals and objectives of the policy.

The DG NACTA stated, “The policy had been devised based on the opinions of over 280 experts to identify and respond effectively to trends in violent extremism.”

The policy calls for the proactive use of social, electronic, and print media to combat violent extremism while promoting the principles of peace, tolerance, and diversity in society. The policy also seeks to defend the underprivileged segments of society, he added.

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In his remarks at the meeting, the interior minister reaffirmed the government’s commitment to end terrorism and extremism as they have irreparably damaged the nation.

“We need to create awareness among the people about extremist elements,” he added.

Moreover, Sanaullah said that the National Counter Violent Extremism Policy could not be executed unless all stakeholders do not agree on its terms and conditions.