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Daily Times

Published Date: May 8, 2014

SDPI meeting calls for countering radicalisation

Experts at a meeting on human security have recommended taking all
possible measures to counter radicalisation in the country, besides
educating people about state laws, constitutional rights and
international human rights. 
The meeting also emphasised that state
institutions should be sensitised to provide constitutional rights to
various ethnic groups, minorities, labours and workers. 
The meeting
was organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on
Wednesday, aimed at recapping the state of human security in Pakistan
and gathering expert opinion on human security research needs.
of the government, UN agencies, human rights bodies, lawyers,
academics, researchers and journalists also attended the meeting.
Executive Director Dr Abid Qayium Suleri said that the institute takes
human security as a paradigm that serves as a means to bring governance
stability and allows preservation of people’s well-being and rights
regardless of difficult circumstances that may be caused by manmade
disasters or natural disasters.
SDPI Board of Governors Chairman
Ambassador Sahaqat Kakakhel emphasised the importance of action-based
research and institutional commitment to understand the issues facing
the blockages in the way of peace and security. 
He said that human security had to be ensured through greater collaboration among all stakeholders, including the state. 
observed that both state and society had to work in collaboration with
one another in order to ensure progress of human security in Pakistan.
Maleeha Aslam, the head of Gender and Human Security Division, SDPI,
emphasised the importance of achieving the overall security objective
through both state security and human security. "However, state security
concerns must not compromise human security, which can prove to be
counterproductive," she said.
"The UNDP’s (United Nations Development
Programme) definition of human security remains by far the most
authoritative and widely cited, and along with it the concept has been
defined in academia, wider civil society, and even by governments such
as Japan, Canada and Norway,” said Dr Aslam.
UNDP Deputy Country
Representative Rabia Khattak opined that radicalisation was a persistent
and rampant issue in Pakistan. She said that weak governance,
disruptive economic and socio-political structures, and lack of
education had contributed a lot towards radicalisation. "That’s why,
radicalism or extremism has resulted in thousands of deaths in suicide
attacks, sectarian violence and target killings in the past decade."
Mehmood Khan, the author of Human Security in Pakistan, discussed his
book based on three subsets – women, children and educational security
in the case of Pakistan. Talking about personal security in Pakistan, he
shared that 50,000 fatalities and 20,000 violent acts had taken place
in Pakistan. 
"Since 2003, 3,200 people have been killed in around 400 drone attacks."
He also shared the shocking figure of attacks on journalists in Pakistan from 1994 to 2014, which stood at 78.
those present at the meeting were Nisar Memon, Khawar Mumtaz, Dr Masuma
Hasan, Zia Awan, Karamat Ali, Simi Raheal, Yasmeen Zaidi, Kausar Khan,
Zahid Hussain, Dr Najma Najam and Shafqat Munir.