By Iftikhar Ali
UNITED NATIONS, April 25 (APP): Pakistan has called for a comprehensive approach, rather than a uni-dimensational one, to counter terrorism so as to boost United Nations’ efforts to stamp out the menace.
“We need to address the root causes and underlying conditions that lead to the spread of terrorism,” Ambassador Masood Khan told a meeting of the Advisory Board of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) on Thursday.
“Deprivation, marginalization, exclusion, unresolved disputes and stereotyping often create conditions for a drift to terrorism,” Khan, who is Pakistan’s permanent representative to the U.N., said.
He praised Saudi Arabia’s contribution of $100 million for UN’s counter-terrorism efforts, noting the Centre’s sharp focus on capacity building, workshops and conferences.
The UNCCT, based at UN Headquarters in New York, was launched in 2011 with the help of a voluntary contribution from the Saudi Government. Operating under the UN Secretary-General and the umbrella of the Department of Political Affairs, the Centre contributes to the implementation of the 2006 UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and engages with over 30 entities with expertise on a wide range of counter-terrorism related subjects.
The Pakistani envoy said he was glad that the Centre was focusing on all four pillars of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy that recommends measures to: address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; to prevent and combat terrorism; to build states’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the U.N. system; to ensure respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism.
For long-term sustainable solutions, Masood Khan said, Pakistan was working on 3-D policy based on deterrence development, dialogue. But, he cautioned that dialogue should not be misconstrued as appeasement. “It is a vehicle to enable societies to eliminate the scourge of terrorism.
Written for the Associated Press of Pakistan