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DG ISPR underlines need to shield youths from ISIS threats

Rawalpindi (May 18, 2017): Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday underlined the need to shield youths from ISIS threats, saying that the terrorist organization is focusing on targeting minds of our youths.Addressing a seminar on “Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism”, DG ISPR said that as Operation Rad-ul-Fasaad was aimed at consolidating gains of all military operation earlier concluded and to bring about an enduring peace and stability. “One of its strands is to eliminate extremism from our society.

The requirement becomes more pronounced when we see that the nature and character of this conflict has also changed with ideology of ISIS which focuses on targeting minds of our youth.  It is our collective duty as ‘state’ and individual in our respective domain to shield our youth against this threat.”

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“The process involves identification of threat and response measures. Please know that amongst others, we owe our achievements in ongoing operations to the youth. Of all the sacrifices made by uniformed Pakistanis 90 percent contributions are by our youth i.e young soldiers and officers. Let us not allow their supreme sacrifice to go waste and convert our achievements into an enduring success,” he called.

Ghafoor said that the militant Islamic State group operating on an ideology “which focuses on targeting minds of our youth.”

“It is our collective duty as ‘state’ and individual duty in our respective domain to shield our youth against this threat,” he said, adding that the process protecting the youth would involve the “identification of threat and response measures.”

He paid tribute to young soldiers who had sacrificed their lives in the fight against terrorism.

“Of all the sacrifices made by uniformed Pakistanis 90 percent contributions are by our youth ,” he said.

The seminar, the DG said, was focused on an analysis of “the phenomenon of extremism”.

He added that the seminar would explore the fault lines and threats of extremism and look at it through the prism of religion and economy.

It will also seek to explore possible responses to extremism for educational institutions and society.

Army Chief Qamar Jawed Bajwa is also expected to speak at the seminar.

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