Pakistan: Research to be conducted on terrorism and extremism-related issues

June 5, 2018 News , OPINION/NEWS , Pakistan

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Muhammad Shoaib Khan

 

 

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) in Islamabad to conduct joint research on issues related to terrorism and extremism for informed policy decision-making, to create public awareness, and build a counter narrative in the country.

 

Ihsan Ghani, National Coordinator of NACTA, and Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director of SDPI, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.

 

Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director of SDPI, Mr Ahmed Salim, Senior Advisor on Education & Religious Diversity of SDPI and other officials from both sides were also present.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ghani said that NACTA is mandated to conduct primary research on issues related to terrorism and extremism and build a counter narrative in this regard. While acknowledging the limited research capacity of NACTA, he said that the Memorandum will be utilized to build the research capacity of NACTA through capacity development training workshops provided by SDPI. In the wake of growing emerging challenges like extremism and terrorism in society, NACTA will seek evidence-based advice and technical support from SDPI, he said, adding that this new collaboration will prove to be a great help for NACTA.

 

Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said that though Pakistan has successfully fought terrorism and extremism, consolidation on counter-terrorism achievements remained a major challenge for the country, mainly due to lack of informed policy decisions. He said NACTA has a crucial role to ensure a peaceful environment which is a pre-requisite to a sustainable and just society.

 

He said that this MoU aims to strengthen the informed decision-making regarding terrorism and extremism and under the agreement, SDPI shall provide technical assistance to NACTA and develop the latter’s capacity to conduct research through training and workshops. “SDPI would also work towards building consensus across the political spectrum, especially forging political consensus around issues related to sustainable development, including terrorism and extremism,” he concluded.

 

 

 

 

Muhammad Shoaib Khan

Muhammad Shoaib Khan

Muhammad Shoaib Khan is a journalist from Pakistan and has worked with NEO TV, Independent News, PBCand The Nation.

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