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60 former militants rehabilitated


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Pakistani youths, who worked under the Taliban attend a class at the army-run de-radicalisation centre of Mishal School in Swat. — File photo/AFP
Pakistani youths, who worked under the Taliban attend a class at the army-run de-radicalisation centre of Mishal School in Swat. — File photo/AFP

MINGORA, Aug 23: The army has rehabilitated 60 more former militants after they renounced militancy and underwent a three months training in different trades at the ‘Mishal centre for de-radicalisation’ in Phetaam area of Swat.

The 17 Division of Pakistan Army organised a ceremony here on Friday to mark the rehabilitation of the militants, where General Officer Commanding of Malakand division Major General Sanaullah Niazi, civil and military officials and local elders were in attendance.

Commissioner of Malakand division Mohammad Akbar Khan was the chief guest on the occasion.

The former militants mostly belonged to Swat, Dir, Swabi, Malakand and Nowshera.

Usman Ali, 36, a resident of Charbagh, told Dawn that he had renounced militancy for good and received three months training in tailoring to earn his livelihood.

Said Mohammad, 20, a resident of Rahimabad near Mingora city, said he had learned tailoring and felt the change in his life.

“I will serve my country as a good citizen” he said.

Another resident of Rahimabad, Imran, 21, said he had learned how make shawls.

Shafiullah, 31, a former militant belonging to Deehrai area of Kabal tehsil, said he would begin a new life.

“Apart from being trained in welding profession, I learnt the ways and means to spend life as a good citizen,” he said.

Ali Mohammad, 53, a resident of Charbagh, said he’d realised his mistake to take up arms against the state and would try his best to educate his sons and daughters so that they could serve the country.

Addressing the ceremony, Malakand division commissioner Akbar Khan said the army had defeated militancy in the area through its operation ‘Rah-i-Rast’ and that the victory had become possible after rendering a lot of sacrifices by the army personnel.

He said there was peace and stability in Malakand division and the people and the government should work together for peace and harmony in the country.

Mr Khan said the government, army and public should continue their joint efforts for de-radicalisation of the society and that the provincial government provided necessary funds for the de-radicalisation programme meant to make former militants good citizens.

Later, the former militants presented tableaus, sang national songs and delivered speeches.

There followed distribution of certificates to them by the chief guest.

According to a news release issued on the occasion, the army has begun a de-radicalisation programme for 1,196 local people arrested for involvement in militancy.

Of them, 1,189 have undergone a three months training in various fields before reintegrating with the society.

Comments (28) Closed

SK Aug 24, 2013 10:58am

Good going! May Allah make it easy for these people to stay on the path of peace. Ameen!

Ch Farooq Aug 24, 2013 01:05pm

This is a great effort by Pakistan Army, civil society and local NGOs should join army in efforts to bring disillusioned people back to normal lives. Financial enablement is the foremost step toward deradicalizing. Moreover, through strict law enforcement clergymen should be barred to spread hatred and violence.

Zubair Khan Aug 24, 2013 01:19pm

An excellent work by Pakistan Army. Hope it brings good fruit to civil society of Pakistan. Well done Pak Army keep it up.

CHAUDHARY SHERAZ QAMER Aug 24, 2013 01:55pm

Thats a good effort by gov...but why it always keep sleeping until something disasterous happens?????

Hussain Naqvi Aug 24, 2013 03:38pm

Our Army has taken lead to initiate such national Programme which otherwise should have been organized by the Federal Government.

Akram Aug 24, 2013 04:03pm

This is a step in the right direction however the state needs to keep tabs on these people to ensure they don't end up joining the militants again.

Yasir Aug 24, 2013 10:44pm

A job which is supposed to be done by Civilian Government. Anyways who cares .. Well Done Pakistan Army

Rajan Aug 24, 2013 10:45pm

Step in the right direction. Best wishes to all these youngsters to have a prosperous and productive life. Pak Army and ISI should do more such positive things for a brighter future of Pak youth and Pakistan. Aug 25, 2013 12:33am

Good news.God bless our beloved country, Aug 25, 2013 12:35am

@Zubair Khan: yes you are right.God bless our beloved country.

Munir Khan Aug 25, 2013 02:51am

This is great, but my only problem with this is that the rehabilitation process is being run by the Army. This shouldn't be so. These guys should be educated by the civil society of Pakistan -- tribal leaders, local teachers, aid workers, and moderate religious figures.

Mohammad Azeez Khan Aug 25, 2013 03:47am

Good Job done. I hope they have also learn't to respect other religions and cultures (like Christians , Hindus, and sikhs and see all pakistanis as brothers and sisters regardless of thier belief.

Amjad Wyne Aug 25, 2013 05:01am

Great job Army - Rehabilitate all of them

Hussain Aug 25, 2013 08:23am

I would suggest that 'industrialists and other well to do people' of our society should offer them jobs and settle them in their enterprises. Army has done it but has no means to sustain it for long. I am proud of my Armed Forces.

Pakistan narijan Aug 25, 2013 09:03am

Pakistan Army Zindabad. Pakistan Paindabad.

Nurse Aug 25, 2013 11:00am

I wish all of these 'militants' well and pray to Allah that make all of us good human beings and help us understand our religion better. Good work Pakistan Army!

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aug 25, 2013 12:21pm

Where is the proof. Who has certified the courses. I hope these killers are human being again.

Munir Aug 25, 2013 12:24pm

Its more good to give such training to militants rather than give them severe punishments which could bring them more violent towards their country.

Syed Hussain Akbari Aug 25, 2013 02:49pm

High appreciation. Hope it persists and I pray for that.

Fatz Aug 25, 2013 02:50pm

Instead of publishing their photograph, their faces and identity should have been kept confidential due to several reasons which come to me as a "common sense". The lack of responsibility the media shows is decreasing my trust in it day by day.

ZULFIQAR HAIDER Aug 25, 2013 03:16pm

Pakistan Army's efforts to clear the mess it created for the past 30 years. 30 years of mess!!!! That can not be washed out by one rehabilitation program!!

Syed Husain Aug 25, 2013 05:40pm

Easiest and simplest way to reduce terrorism - provide job training to the youth and then jobs opportunities.

Kaul Aug 25, 2013 07:16pm

It means that there are militants in Pakistan who are disturbing peace in the continent. A good effort and saner elements should work more aggressively.

AslamParvaiz Punaily Aug 25, 2013 09:48pm

Waw Pak Army keep it up, we proud of you, and i think follow up is also needed to our new Pakistani brothers for further betterment of them.

qamar1990 Aug 26, 2013 11:02am

@ZULFIQAR HAIDER: what do you suggest smart guy? should they just stop doing what they doing all together? they have to start somewhere!

Musa Ali Khan Aug 26, 2013 11:28am

It means lack of vocational education breads terrorism in the country

Cosmic Lion Aug 26, 2013 12:37pm

A step in the right direction. Hopefully, this initiative will gain traction and provide much needed peace to the region...A free tip to those gentlemen, Stay away from those religious leaders..

joe Aug 26, 2013 05:59pm

@Rajan: thank you Rajan we need your support also. India/Pak Zindabad. India Pak dosti Zindabad. God Bless both countries.