Halting militancy needs equality-based society Says Farooq Sobhan, President, BEI, The Daily Star, 7 August 2012
Halting the proliferation of militancy requires a society to be free from inequality, deprivation, suppression and poverty, said Farooq Sobhan yesterday.
Lack of the rule of law, violations of human rights, ethnic, national and religious discrimination, political exclusion, socio-economic marginalisation and lack of good governance also contribute to create conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, he added.
Farooq Sobhan, president and CEO of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, was presenting a keynote at an international conference, “People’s Empowerment and Development”, in the capital’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.
People should be empowered through the mitigation of critical domestic issues like poverty, inequality, deprivation and exclusion, he said, adding that Bangladesh witnessed a rise in Islamist militancy between 1999 and 2005.
The counter-terrorism strategy in Bangladesh includes law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the judiciary, relevant stakeholders of the government, the media and civil society, added Farooq Sobhan.
Senior Secretary CQK Mustaq Ahmed said local militants had no links with international militant organisations.
Militancy or terrorism can be created based on a wide range of issues like religion and politics backed by insurgency and criminalisation, he added.
He said there is a free flow of information in the country and thousands of non-government organisations enjoy freedom in conducting their activities.
Uruguay’s Ambassador to Bangladesh, Cesar Walter Ferrar, was in the chair while Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Prof GL Peiris was present at the conference.