Islamabad, January 14, 2015

Islamabad, January 14, 2015: The in house meeting of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies’ project SALAM – the acronym of Sensitise, Access, Link, Act, Monitor – was held today at the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS).

It was held to review and update the National Policy For Peace and Harmony prepared by the CPGS in the light of important recent developments, including the National Action Plan adoption of the 21st Constitutional Amendment by Parliament and setting up of Military Courts to try those accused of terrorism.

The meeting was attended by prominent religious, philosophical and legal experts and practitioners, besides university students.

It was recommended by the Steering Committee that the definition of “terrorism” as given in the 21st Constitutional Amendment should be made holistic and more comprehensive. The meeting noted that the amendment has certain features which are debatable. However, it was agreed that the government should adopt all encompassing approach towards terrorism. The President of the CPGS Senator Sehar Kamran (T.I) added that terrorism is a transnational problem which needs collective collaboration of the international community as well as local actors.

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