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Govt committed to finding cure for violent protests, says Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is committed to taking steps against extremism and finding a permanent solution to violent protests. In an interview with the BBC, the minister defended an agreement with the religious party to end the countrywide protests over acquittal of Aasia Bibi. He said: "We had two options: either to use force, and when you use force people can be killed. That is not something a state should do...…

NACTA, HEC ink MoU to combat extremism and terrorism

ISLAMABAD: National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for having effective collaboration on prevention and awareness to combat extremism and terrorism. The purpose and scope of the MoU was to foster partnership between NACTA and HEC to establish a sustained and effective collaboration and partnership between the two in combating extremism and terrorism in the country through joint research and collaboration. The MoU was signed by…

Saudi forces arrest armed ‘extremist’ after gunfight: ministry

RIYADH: Saudi forces have arrested a heavily armed "extremist" after wounding him in an exchange of gunfire in the kingdom's central heartland, the interior ministry said early Thursday. The man had embraced the Islamic State group's "ideology" and was found to be in possession of a machine gun, a pistol and multiple rounds of ammunition, the ministry said in a statement. The man in Al-Bukhariya city was also wearing what appeared to be an explosives-laden belt, state-run Al-Ekhbariya television reported. The…

UK army general arrives in Pakistan, hails Paigham-e-Pakistan fatwa against extremism

RAWALPINDI: Chief of General Staff (CGS) UK Army General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter in a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday hailed Paigham-e-Pakistan fatwa (a religious decree) against extremism. The UK general said this shall have far reaching effects against extremist narrative. He has arrived on two days' official visit to Pakistan.  Both the military leaders discussed bilateral issues and regional security situation. The UK CGS acknowledged positive results of…

UK may use taxes to get tech giants to do more to fight extremism, minister says

LONDON: Britain may impose new taxes on tech giants like Google and Facebook unless they do more to combat online extremism by taking down material aimed at radicalizing people or helping them to prepare attacks, the country’s security minister said. Ben Wallace accused tech firms of being happy to sell people’s data but not to give it to the government which was being forced to spend vast sums on de-radicalization programs, surveillance and other counter-terrorism measures. “If they continue to be less than…