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The Express Tribune

Published Date: May 28, 2015

Rule of law: ‘Social cohesion must for fighting extremism’

ISLAMABAD: The role of social cohesion is extremely important and indispensible for the functioning of a state.

This was stated by Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) Secretary Muhammad Sarwar Khan in a lecture to a select audience at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Wednesday. The secretary said state effectiveness was a function of state service, which required state delivery, societal integration and social cohesion. “A state cannot function without social cohesion,” he stressed.

Khan stressed on striving for a rule of law-based Pakistan. He mentioned that while the role of the state and the rule of law were defined in the Constitution, “we cannot just sit back and look at the rule of law and assume we have done our job.”

He added that individuals must get engaged in policy debate and the process should be democratised.

Khan further said that terrorism, crime, violence and extremism were evidence of fragmentation of the state.

“A state must be representative of its people and development is always local,” the secretary said.

The lecture was followed by signing of an MoU between the SDPI and the LJCP for research collaboration, capacity building and outreach activities.