Urdu point Lahore
Published Date: Jun 1, 2018
National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and Sustainable Development PolicyInstitute (SDPI) on Friday agreed to conduct joint research on issues related toterrorism and extremism for informed policy decision-making and building a counternarrative in the country.
In this regard, Ihsan Ghani, National Coordinator of NACTA,and Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director of SDPI signed MoU onbehalf of their respective organizations here on Friday.
Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director of SDPI,Ahmed Salim, Senior Advisor on Education & Religious Diversityof SDPI and other officials from both sides were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Ihsan Ghani said that NACTA ismandated to conduct primary research on issue related toterrorism and extremism and build a counter narrative in this regard.
While acknowledging limited research capacity of NACTA, hesaid the memorandum will be utilized to build research capacity ofNACTA through capacity development training workshops provided bySDPI.
In wake of growing emerging challenges like extremism andterrorism in the society, NACTA will seek evidence-based adviceand technical support from SDPI, he said, adding that this newcollaboration will prove to be a great help for NACTA.
Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said though pakistan hassuccessfully fought terrorism and extremism, consolidation oncounter-terrorism achievements remained a major challenge forthe country mainly due to lack of informed policy decisions.
He said NACTA has a crucial role to ensure a peacefulenvironment which is a pre-requisite to sustainable and justsociety.
He said this MoU aims to strengthen informed decision-makingregarding terrorism and extremism and under the agreement, SDPIshall provide technical assistance to NACTA and developlatter’s capacity to conduct research through trainings andworkshops.
"SDPI would also work towards building consensus acrosspolitical spectrum, especially forging political consensus aroundissues related to sustainable development, including terrorismand extremism," he concluded.