‘Youth can play key role in eradicating extremism, intolerance’
PESHAWAR: Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police Ihsan Ghani Monday said that youth could play a key role in eradicating extremism and intolerance, and in maintaining peace in society.
He was addressing as a guest speaker at a seminar on “Harnessing the youth for peace in educational institutions of KP”, jointly organized by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Higher Education Regulatory Authority (HERA) and Khyber Medical University (KMU), Peshawar.
Ihsan Ghani said 60 percent of the population was under 30 years of age and this part was capable of leading the society in the right direction.
He said the culture of extremism and intolerance was common in the society and there were many internal as well as external reasons behind this menace. The trends of violence and extremism lead societies to decline and chaos, therefore it is necessary to eradicate these negative tendencies in order to build a balanced and developed society.
Ihsan Ghani said “students are the future of any nation so we have to encourage them at all levels to guide them in the right direction and make them useful citizens of the society.”
“A balanced and integrated education system at the state level as well as better employment and social justice opportunities would have to be created for the betterment and positive mindset of the youth.”
The former Police chief said that through inter-provincial educational tours, exchange of cultural delegations, promotion of extra-curricular activities and confidence in the youth, “we can overcome the growing negative trends of extremism and violence in the society.”
In this regard, the guidelines and policies formulated by NACTA in 2017 can be very useful and effective, so it is expected that the current government will be put into practice these valuable guidelines and policies.
While speaking at the seminar, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Zia-ul-Haq said that KMU is the first university in the province to take the initiative of tackling the challenge of extremism and intolerance in the society with the collaboration of NACTA and HERA.
He said that besides focusing on academics and research a comprehensive program of character building is being also implemented in KMU. Secretary HERA Sajid Inam and Fauzia Shehzad also addressed the gathering. – APP