A top counter-terrorism expert from the UAE, Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, said India needs to “proactively” deal with the situation in Kashmir and “cannot afford to wait and wake up until they (Kashmiris) come and demonstrate” (throw stones). Speaking to The Indian Express, Al Nuaimi, chairman of the Hedayah Foundation that works on countering violent extremism, said he was not in favour of mainstreaming madrasa education but it (education) should be in the “best interests of the nation”.
The UP government has decided to introduce NCERT books in madrasas in UP, apart from making mathematics and science compulsory at intermediate levels in these schools. About this, Nuaimi said, “I cannot say mainstream. But the structure of the education system should serve the best interest of the nation.”
On the use of pellets guns by security forces in Kashmir, he said, “I think you should do other things before you get to these things (pellets guns). We have to be proactive in dealing with them. You do not let your kids get used by these (extremists) groups. For their future, you will have to be proactive and convince these kids that they have to concentrate on their future, education. They have to be loyal to their nation. You just don’t wait and wake up until they come and demonstrate.”
When asked about the role of Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, “All countries have to respect dealings with and interfering with other countries. Unfortunately, some Kashmiris are affected by the campaign coming across the border. What you need to is to take initiative to gain the hearts and minds of the new generation. You cannot do anything with people outside the border. Just forget them, and make sure that your security forces deal with them. But make sure that you engage with the people inside….”
Nuaimi earlier delivered a key note address on “countering violent extremism” where he said many countries, including some of the superpowers, have been sheltering terrorist groups and it was time that the world needs to go after them.
“The problem is that many countries especially the superpower play politics with this issue. Unfortunately, we all are suffering because of that,” Nuaimi said.
Considered to be one of the liberal countries in the Gulf, Nuaimi said, UAE and his federation are trying to promote Islam as a “religion of peace” and engage the community to “counter extremism.” “These terrorist groups use religion. Whenever they want to announce, they start with verses of quran or saying of the prophet. They are using religion to promote their ideology. That was the reason why we created Muslim Council of Elders (MCE) to promote Islam as a religion and counter the narrative of these groups — Daesh, Al-Qaida, Boko Haram and Muslim Brotherhood. We recently visited Nigeria and met different religious leaders namely, Muslim, Christian and others. We visited mix camps of Muslims and Christians who are suffering and escaped from Boko Haram controlled areas.”
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