PESHAWAR - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that corruption, economic imbalance and double standard of education were root causes behind terrorism and the provincial government has taken various measures under tripartite plan to address the basic factors leading to the spread of terrorism.

He expressed these views while addressing a joint graduation parade of the National Integrated Counter Terrorism Course and Training Course for capacity building of the Frontier Corps at the National Counter Terrorism Center Kharian, on Monday.

Corps Commander Lt. General Umer Farooq Durrani, Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Inspector General Training and Evaluation Pakistan Army and other senior officers of the security agencies were present on the occasion.

Elaborating, the Chief Minister said that corruption provided base for the spread of terrorism while economic imbalance generated economic injustice in the society and as a result people got deprived of their rights and they felt themselves insecure.

He said that partial and low quality education system also added to the militancy as the well off have the resources while the poor were deprived of every basic amenities of life.

In such circumstances, the people lost their confidence in the State institutions and in sheer frustration the extremist mindset gets developed,he said.

The extremists easily produced facilitators for themselves through their ideological motivation, he added.

When the State institutions failed to address problems of the masses and provide them due security, then the people started getting involved in illegal and unlawful activities, he said, adding, these basic problems had to be resolved to get rid of terrorism. Unless we address these problems, the fear of terrorism would continue to hound us, he stated.

He said: “We have to know the reasons of the spread of terrorism in light of our societal traditions. What are the loopholes in the society which facilitate the terrorists to take benefit for the fulfillment of their nefarious designs.”

He recalled that when he formed the government in 2013, terrorism, extortion for money, kidnapping and corruption were rampant while the police department was totally politicised.

We immediately started work on three pronged strategy i.e. Social Integration, Political Integration and Militarily tackling extremism and terrorism and ensuring the maintenance of peace in the province, he said.

He said his government made record legislations and reforms for elimination of corruption, stability in the government institutions and supremacy of justice and merit.

Right to Services Act, Right to Information and Whistle Blower acts were passed from the provincial legislature besides making police apolitical department and gave it operational and financial autonomy, he stated.

Concluding the Chief Minister appreciated the standard of the training provided to the FC jawans by the Pakistan Army which will certainly enhanced their professional capabilities.

Earlier, on arrival at National Counter Terrorism Center, Kharian, the Chief Minister was given a rousing welcome by Lt. Gen. Umar Farooq Durrani Corps Commander 1 Core, Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Inspector General Training & Evaluation, senior officers and Jawans of Pakistan Army.

A presentation was given to the Chief Minister indicating the mission, targets, achievements and training activities of the center. The Chief Minister was driven to different training facilities of counter insurgency in the center.