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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…

Tech firms must do more on extremism: World Economic Forum

WASHINGTON: US tech firms such as Facebook and Twitter should be more aggressive in tackling extremism and political misinformation if they want to avoid government action, a report from the World Economic Forum said on Monday. The study from the Swiss nonprofit organization adds to a chorus of calls for Silicon Valley to stem the spread of violent material from Islamic State militants and the use of their services by alleged Russian propagandists. Read more: Tech companies in the crosshairs on white supremacy and…

At U.N., Britain to push internet firms to remove extremist content quicker

UNITED NATIONS: The leaders of Britain, France, and Italy will push social media companies on Wednesday to remove “terrorist content” from the internet within one to two hours of it appearing because they say that is the period when the most material is spread. British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni will raise the issue at an event on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. Internet companies including…

Govt to implement NAP effectively, protect young minds from extremism: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday said the government would implement National Action Plan (Nap) effectively and protect young minds from extremism. He made these remarks at a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control which held in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik. Ahsan Iqbal said that it was decided in the meeting that all the chief secretaries of the provinces would meet once in a month and the chief ministers would sit together after…

Why are our university students turning towards extremism?

There has been a gradual rise in the number of educated young men hailing from renowned universities and family background been lured into extremism and terrorism in Pakistan. It is been learnt the mastermind behind an assassination attempt on Muthahida Quami Movemement (MQM) leader Khawaja Izhar was a former student of Applied Physics at the University of Karachi. The suspect Abdul Karim Sarosh Siddiqui was also affiliated with the proscribed Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan. Law-enforcement and intelligence officers have…

Trump urges Muslim leaders to honestly tackle extremism

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Muslim leaders to take a stand against violence committed in the name of religion, describing the struggle against extremism as a "battle between good and evil". In a highly anticipated speech to dozens of leaders of Muslim countries in Saudi Arabia, Trump lashed out at Iran and softened his tone on Islam by rejecting the idea of a battle between religions. He also avoided criticising his Saudi hosts and assembled leaders of Arab and Islamic nations on any human rights…