ISLAMABAD - National Security Adviser Lt Gen (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua yesterday said that reintegration and reconciliation strategies are the only alternative policy measures required to ensure stable and sustainable Pak-Afghan relations.

He stated this while addressing the second day of the two-day National Conference on “Pakistan’s Policy of Countering Violent Extremism: Progress and Challenges” at the National Defence University on Thursday. The seminar was jointly organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and Department of Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) of National Defence University, Islamabad. The seminar was well attended by policy makers, democrats, legal experts, and members of civil society, media and a large number of students. The advisor also lauded civil-military cooperation observed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

He advised students present at the National Conference to dig deeper and understand the history and conflicts going on and start asking questions.

Speaking on the occasion, Major General Fida Hussain Malik said: “There should be a non-Interference treaty between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is essential for Pakistan to take a correct measure of all the implications and fallouts of instability in Afghanistan that directly affect Pakistan’s own security situation.”

Dr Tughral Yamin informed the audience that Operation Zarb-e-Azb is in the “final” phase and the results and successes are already visible in the form of national confidence and return of meaningful Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The conference adapted set of recommendations as a way forward for Pakistan’s Policy of Countering Violent Extremism.

These recommendations included zero tolerance for intolerance and militancy should be continued, reviewing the syllabi of our schools, colleges and universities to eradicate extremism, ensuring good governance, rule of law, efficient and affordable justice system, positive transformation in the human mind in the form of tolerance and teachers, students, religious scholars, local clergy and parents should be trained to promote peace instead of hatred.

The conference was participated by eminent scholars from across Pakistan who also presented their research papers during the National Conference including Dr Zubair Ghori, Major General Fida Hussain Malik, Dr Tughral Yamin, Brig. Retd. Amir Yaqoub, Major General Najam-ul-Hassan, Prof. Naseem-ur-Rehman, Imtiaz Gul, Assistant Prof. Mohammad Feyyaz, Prof. Rashid Khan, Prof. Moonis Ahmar, Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, Dr Minhas Majeed Khan, Dr Farhan Hanif Siddiqui and Dr Naeem Ahmed.