KARACHI: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that a policy is being drafted with the assistance of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for countering extremism in the educational institutes.
While addressing the media on Monday in Karachi after paying tribute at Mazar-e-Quaid on Jinnah’s death anniversary, the interior minister said that terrorists are trying to lure the youth through the social media.
He said that the National Action Plan (NAP) has put an end to sectarianism and religious intolerance in the country.
“It took four years to eradicate hatred from the country,” said Iqbal.
Pointing at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, Iqbal said the World XI team should receive a warm welcome in Pakistan. He was referring to Khan’s earlier criticism regarding some foreign players who played in the Pakistan Super League earlier this year.
While referring to the recently adopted BRICS declaration against terrorist groups, Iqbal said that China’s policy on Pakistan remains unchanged and the declaration is the same as was at the Heart of Asia conference. Iqbal confirmed Chinese support and commitment towards Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the interior minister also addressed the officers at Air War College on Internal Peace and Security Challenges in Karachi on Monday.
He said that progress has been made in overcoming security challenges and it is now time to sustain the progress.
Ahsan Iqbal further stated that the NAP is being implemented with full vigour and commitment through coordinated efforts among provinces. He emphasised the need for a strong counter narrative to stop onslaught by extremists and terrorists.
The interior minister pointed out that the government is taking all possible steps to tackle security challenges. He lauded the efforts of all Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) and civilians in the fight against terrorism.