HYDERABAD: Speakers at a series of seminars have stressed the need to enhance society’s resilience against violence and extremism and accelerate the process of rehabilitation and reintegration of disgruntled elements in order to ensure lasting peace and stability.
The first seminar in the series titled ‘Countering Violent Extremism under Paigham-e-Pakistan’ was arranged at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro on March 18.
While addressing the event as keynote speaker, LUMHS Vice Chancellor Prof Bikha Ram Devrajani opined that there is a dire need to evolve a strategy to counter violent extremism in the country. “Violent religious extremism is a global concern today. As governments prepare their counter-terrorism policies, many focus solely on reactive measures such as military action and surveillance measures applying hard power which are responsive to individuals who are already radicalized,” he said. “Education should be incorporated into such policies as a preventive measure that not only makes students resilient citizens but can also address the psychological, emotional and intellectual appeal of narratives applying the soft power which the terrorists purport,” he added.
“The soft power is meant to win hearts of people by
applying nonviolent procedures … hence using soft power is the need of the hour to counter the extremist ideology. This will strengthen national integration process, enhance community resilience against extremism and accelerates the process of rehabilitation and reintegration of militants in the society,” he said. “We should also clarify the complexities among fundamentalism, extremism, radicalism and terrorism, and identify a variety of push and pull factors that trigger radicalization,” he observed.
Consultant Psychiatrist, Institute of Professional Psychology Bahria University Karachi, Dr Aisha Noorullah spoke on ‘Psychology of Conflict and Peace’. Director Public Relations and External Affairs Jamia Tur Rasheed Karachi Syed Ayaz Ahmad Shah spoke on ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Concept of Ryasat-e-Madina’. Department of Psychology, University of Sindh, Assistant Professor Farhat Jokhio discussed ‘Importance of Emotional Resilience: Individuals Role in Betterment of Society’.
The second seminar of the series titled ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan: the National Peace Narrative’ was organized by the Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, on March 19. The speakers at the event agreed that Paigham-e-Pakistan narrative is a true omen of tolerance, justice, equality and protection of rights.
The third seminar of the series was held at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, on March 20, followed by another event at University of Sindh, Jamshoro, on March 21. The last event of the series was held at ISRA University Hyderabad on March 22.
Speakers at these events stated that the society requires constant protection and purification from the evils of radicalism, extremism and terrorism through unity, harmony, engagement, inclusiveness and dialogue.