Holistic approach to combating terrorism stressed, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), 13 June 2012

DHAKA, June 13 (BSS) – Speakers at a conference here today stressed the need for a holistic approach to counter terrorism in an effective way.

A holistic approach should be worked out to combat terrorism keeping all possible aspects in mind including root causes and nature of terrorism, enforcement of laws, terror financing, capacity building, overall development of the people, participation of all stake holders including commoners and regional and global co-operation, speakers said while discussing counter-terrorism at an “International Conference on People’s Empowerment Model” at CIRDAP auditorium.

Ambassador Farooq Sobhan presented a keynote paper on Counter-terrorism at the conference.

With CQK Mustaq Ahmed, Senior Secretary of Home Ministry in the chair, it was addressed, among others, by Lt Gen Abdul Wadud, Dr Kamaluddin Ahmed, Additional Secretary of Home Ministry, and Professor Amena Mohsin of International Relations Department,
University of Dhaka.

It is necessary to formulate a pro-people strategy to counter terrorism with participation of all, as without people’s participation it will be a push strategy, the speakers said.

Describing terrorism as a threat to national and international peace and security, they said, a comprehensive set of measures of all the nations is necessary in fighting terrorism, as it is impossible for a country to combat terrorism alone as it has no border.

All the speakers welcomed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s peace model based on people’s empowerment under a multidimensional democratic approaches with six mutually reinforcing multipliers: eradication of poverty and hunger, reduction of inequality, mitigation of deprivation, inclusion of excluded people, acceleration of human development and elimination of terrorism.

The model was introduced in the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September last.

In the keynote paper, Ambassador Farooq Sobhan said, Bangladesh during the past three years has been strengthening its democratic institutions, like the commissions for Election, Atnti-Corruption, Human Rights, Information, as well as the Judiciary, Legislature and law enforcement agencies as these are the key institutions for eliminating terrorism and extremism.

For taking such strong counter terrorism measures and adopting ‘zero tolerance policy’ towards terrorism, Bangladesh has not experienced any act of terrorism since the Awami League government came to power in January 2009, he said.

All governments, under the framework of the United Nations, should cooperate to conclude a comprehensive convention against international terrorism, he added.

Source: http://www1.bssnews.net/newsDetails.php?cat=0&id=256675&date=2012-06-13

13 June 2012