Ahsan for collective efforts to prevent extremism in youth

Sep 18, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal Monday stressed the need for undertaking collective efforts to prevent youth from the accessibility of the material based on extremist ideologies. He said this in a meeting at Higher Education Commission on the implementation of National Action Plan. Seventy vice chancellors of national universities participated in the meeting through live video conference, says a press release. In the meeting, the Interior Minister said that it is a matter of deep concern for us that students of universities are found to be affiliated with the extremists organization. On the role of social media and its impact on youth, he stressed that our youth are oriented towards social media. After the information revolution, the battle of ideologies is under way at social media. "We have to ensure that our youth use social media only for educational and healthy activities," he added. He said, "We have to formulate a national narrative to counter the extremists agenda." In this connection he stated that the youth must be imparted the importance of peace enjoined by Islamic injunctions and vision of Pakistan. The Interior Minister also said that government is devising a curriculum for the "Friday Sermons" that are mainly based on educating our citizens about practical life in the light of Quran and Hadith. On the importance of participation in students politics, the Interior Minister said that the students must be given opportunities to express their thoughts. The faculty in the universities must play their due role in the construction of thought and ideology amongst the students. The interior minister also asserted that the students in the universities must also be provisioned with the forum to hone their leadership qualities. In every university, career counselling mechanism must be formed to evaluate the potential of students for better avenues in future. The students must be enjoined to tolerate the difference of opinion of their peers and the society, he added. Talking about the upcoming International Peace Day on September 21, the Minister emphasized to celebrate it with fervor in all universities of Pakistan. He said that the day must be marked in every university with the resolve to spread the message of peace among our youth and apprise them with the counter narrative against extremism. - SAMAA/APP

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