Government plans curriculum for Friday sermons to counter extremism
Presiding over a meeting on implementation of the anti-terror National Action Plan (NAP), Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal expressed deep concerns that university students were found to be affiliated with extremist organisations.
As many as 70 vice chancellors of national universities participated in the meeting at the Higher Education Commission through live video conference
Iqbal said this was the age of information revolution and that a battle of ideologies was underway on social media.
Preventing youth from joining extremist organizations
"It is our duty to undertake collective efforts to prevent our youth from accessing the material based on extremist ideologies. We have to ensure that our youth use social media only for educational and healthy activities," he said.
"We have to formulate a national narrative to counter the extremist agenda," he said, adding that the students must be prepared to tolerate the difference of opinion among peers and within society.
About student politics, he said students must be given opportunities to express their thoughts and asked faculties in the universities to play their due role in this regard.
"In every university, career counselling mechanism must be formulated to evaluate the potential of students for better avenues in future," he said.
The minister said that the upcoming International Peace Day on Thursday must be celebrated in every university "with the resolve to spread the message of peace among our youth and apprise them of the counter-narrative against extremism".
A probe last month found that some students of Karachi University were running a militant organisation.
In April, a 20-year-old second-year student of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in Jamshoro, Sindh, was arrested after her husband was killed in an encounter in Lahore during a failed terror attack. She had travelled to Syria to receive weapons training.
- Anushka Sharma pens emotional note for Virat Kohli as he steps down ...06:13 PM | 16 Jan, 2022
- Murree tragedy: Probe body recommends sealing of illegal hotels, ...03:53 PM | 16 Jan, 2022
- Top paediatrician Dr Salahuddin succumbs to Covid-1903:17 PM | 16 Jan, 2022
- Shabbir Jan’s dance video breaks the internet02:00 PM | 16 Jan, 2022
- Who has scored most runs in Pakistan Super League? Here’s list of ...01:52 PM | 15 Jan, 2022
- Where does Pakistan stand in world's most powerful passport list in ...11:27 AM | 13 Jan, 2022
- Pakistan’s Top News Moments of 202110:47 PM | 31 Dec, 2021
- Famous Figures We Lost in 202107:03 PM | 31 Dec, 2021