Home-grown policies can check terrorism
ISLAMABAD, Sept 19: The government should check terrorist activities by evolving home-grown policies, ensuring efficient use of development budget and prioritising education for all.
The recommendations were made by the participants of ‘National Civil Society Conference on Peace’ organised by the NGO Bardasht on Wednesday.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Secretary General of PPP Jahangir Badr, former senator Nilofar Bakhtiar and a large number of politicians and civil society activists participated in the conference.
The conference recommended friendly relations with neighbouring countries to ensure peace in the country. Furthermore, to counter terrorism, the government and private sectors should be encouraged to create more job opportunities.
They also recommended change in FCR (Frontier Crime Regulation) but only after consultation with the local leadership.
While discussing the women related issues participants recommended that parliamentarians should be sensitised on the importance of women specific legislation. Laws should be made part of the syllabus. Large scale awareness campaign regarding women rights should be undertaken.
To curb the man-made disasters (like terrorism) it was recommended that government should start new projects and encourage private sector to create job opportunities. The budget for education should be increased and quality education should be ensured. Government should ensure provision of timely justice.
To avoid natural deserters, participants recommended that technology for early warning should be acquired. Efforts should be made to relocate the population living on major fault lines and early warning to those living in flood prone belt be ensured.
Minister of Interior Rehman Malik during inaugural session said role of women in ensuring peace within country could not be denied.
He said that universal law should be made aimed at discouraging blasphemous movies because that kind of acts created intolerance in the society. He said that after 18th Amendment now ministry of interior can only transfer the information regarding terrorism to provinces and it is responsibility of provinces to deal with it.
Secretary General of Pakistan Peoples Party Jahangir Badr said that society could not progress without showing tolerance. He appreciated that Bardasht had involved all provinces in talks regarding peace.