Pakistani forces can defeat enemies, we have to uproot extremism mindsets from country, experts urge

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Our armed forces are very much capable to respond each and every attacks
and ill-plans of the enemy at the boarder or elsewhere in the country. The
forces can defend every inch of the country but we need to reduce the
internal and domestic challenges being faced by the countrymen. Our prime
responsibility is that we strengthen them by uprooting extremism and
violent mindsets from Pakistan.

Our enemies have always attempt to create and spread unrest in the country
but, if, we stand together then we can foil their conspiracies easily and
more effectively. We have to counter enemy’s ill-desires and unity would be
our main weapon in this regard.

These views were expressed by the experts during the one-day
Dukhtaraan-e-Pakistan: Envoy of Peace seminar held on Thursday at the Arts
Auditorium, University of Karachi. The chief guest and the provincial
minister for Women Development, Syeda Shehla Raza expressed that Pakistani
soldiers had safely picked up the Indian pilot and presented him in front
of national televisions so that the whole country and world could witnessed
how we treat our enemies.

“The captured pilot Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman
was not torture at all while one of the Pakistani prisoners was killed by
others in one of the Indian jails. Being a nation we have given a clear
message to the world that we are peaceful nation and only retaliate when
our enemies create disturbance and such actions are meant to defend the
country.”

She said that for the last two decades Pakistan is facing war-like
situation and this is due to presence of violent and extremist mindsets.
Owing to their activities, we have lost more lives than the wars in past
and world has also labeled as terrorist nation.

“We have to trace those elements, who mislead and misguide our youngsters,
to carry out suicide attacks in the name of religion. Although, we all
knows that this is against the teaching of Islam but, some elements are
exploiting the youngsters by giving them false interpretation of Islamic
teaching.”

She urged to defeat the mindset which tries to promote violence and
extremism in the country and asked not to let anyone use the name of
religion for their own benefits. Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor KU
Professor Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan asked the female students to utilize their
degrees after completing their education rather than sitting back at homes.

He observed that one of main problems is that we did not see many
professionals in the society as a large numbers of female students did not
go into the field and sit back at homes. “We can do lot of things if we
have made commitments and adopt practical approach towards the situation.”

He observed that education is more powerful than weapons and we need to
develop culture which promotes education. He pointed out that youth is the
source of power and they have to realize that they could do wonders for the
country by utilizing their education.

The Chairperson, Sindh Commission on the status of Women, Nuzhat Shirin,
shared that women must know about their rights and who should be approached
if they need any help. She said that very low percentage of women in Sindh
is aware about their rights.

She said that good results could only achieve if public has complete
knowledge about the law. The Director General, Islamic Research Institute,
International Islamic University, Islamabad, Professor Dr Muhammad
Zia-ul-Haq, while talking about significance of peace narratives, said that
at the boarders, our soldiers are active and responding well to every kind
of violations, but the nation has to defeat the narrative of its enemy
which was launched to destroy our beloved country.

He further said that enemy is afraid to fight us and that is why it has
decided to invest huge money on our own people who have been misguided by
enemy’s narrative and those people were carrying out violent activities in
the country.

“This is so unfortunate that attempts were made to destroy this country by
its own people who have been misguided by enemy’s narrative.” He shared
that one of the Indian TV channel aired a program in which host asked
whether the Indian government would attack Pakistan. The expert replied
that they would not attack because Pakistani Air Force would bring down our
planes but he claimed that Indian government would use Pakistani people to
create panic and chaos to destabilize the country.

Professor Dr Zia added that we need to promote harmony in the country and
women could do it better than men by teaching their children what is good
for the society what is not. “In case, our enemy tried to attack us, it
will face what happened yesterday, but to defeat its narrative, we have to
end the hatred and intolerance from the society.

He informed the audience that over 7, 000 religious scholars have signed
Paigham-e-Pakistan documents and Dukhtaraan-e-Pakistan is also one of its
initiatives.

The Dean, JPMC, President of Pakistan Society of Psychology, Professor Dr
Muhammad Iqbal Afridi discussed anger and stress management issue while the
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Aga Khan University, Dr Rubeena Kidwai
discussed impact of hormonal changes on human behavior.

Earlier, the Director of the Institute of Sustainable Halophyte
Utilization, KU, Professor Dr Bilquees Gul, while delivering the welcome
address, urged that educated women should come forward and play their
positive role in bringing positive changes in the country.

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