Pak calls for ad­dress­ing driv­ers of ter­ror­ism

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NEW YORK—Pak­istan called for ad­dress­ing both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional driv­ers of ter­ror­ism to deal with the chal­lenge, here Sun­day.

Speak­ing in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil De­bate called by the Egyp­tian chair on “Coun­ter­ing the Nar­ra­tives and Ide­olo­gies of Ter­ror­ism”, Am­bas­sador Maleeha Lodhi also urged the res­o­lu­tion of long­stand­ing con­flicts.

She said, “if con­flicts spawn ter­ror­ism and if ter­ror­ist nar­ra­tives feed off con­flict sit­u­a­tions it is crit­i­cal to seek an end to th­ese con­flicts to de­prive ter­ror­ists of their oxy­gen.” At the in­ter­na­tional level, she said, “We must ad­dress the in­ter­na­tional driv­ers that con­trib­ute to in­jus­tice, in­equal­ity, ha­tred and de­pri­va­tion”.

List­ing the in­ter­na­tional fac­tors that fos- ter ter­ror­ism, Am­bas­sador Lodhi said that for­eign in­ter­ven­tions and oc­cu­pa­tion and de­nial of the right of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, all in vi­o­la­tion of agreed prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law, pro­vide fer­tile ground for ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda to take root.

“Per­sis­tence of th­ese con­di­tions and the fail­ure of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to re­dress gen­uine griev­ances of the weak against the pow­er­ful are im­por­tant fac­tors that cre­ate the breed­ing grounds of ter­ror­ism”, she as­serted.

The Pak­istani en­voy said that ter­ror­ism can­not be as­so­ci­ated with any re­li­gion, cul­ture or re­gion as the ide­olo­gies and nar­ra­tives of dif­fer­ent ter­ror­ist groups em­anate from di­verse sources.

Un­equiv­o­cally con­demn­ing ter­ror­ism in

all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions, Am­bas­sador Lodhi said that there can be ‘no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the killing of in­no­cent peo­ple’. “But we know from his­tory that even the most abom­inable of mass mur­der­ers crafted twisted webs of nar­ra­tives to jus­tify their heinous acts. Ter­ror­ists do the same”, she added.

Dr. Lodhi also called for con­certed ef­forts to counter the mes­sages and ra­tio­nales spewed out by ter­ror­ist groups that fuel vi­o­lent acts. “In the bat­tle of ideas much ground is lost to the nar­ra­tive of ter­ror­ists by, for ex­am­ple, the fail­ure to pre­vent xeno­pho­bia, Is­lam­o­pho­bia and other forms of dis­crim­i­na­tion, by con­fus­ing hate speech with free speech or by pro­fil­ing en­tire com­mu­ni­ties in the name of counter-pro­duc­tive se­cu­rity mea­sures”, she said.

Such ac­tions, she said, has only strength­ened the di­vi­sive no­tions of “us” and “them”. “Ter­ror­ists want to make us be­lieve that a clash of civ­i­liza­tions is in­evitable and even nec­es­sary. We must not al­low them this space”, she added.

While un­der­lin­ing the need to de­velop a more ro­bust counter-nar­ra­tive against ter­ror­ists’ ide­olo­gies, Am­bas­sador Lodhi said that we also need ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion strate­gies de­manded by the dig­i­tal age. Rais­ing alarm at the un­prece­dented use of so­cial me­dia plat­forms by ter­ror­ists, she called for ef­fec­tive re­sponse to counter on­line rad­i­cal­iza­tion.

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