ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday said after defeating terrorism in battlefield, there was a need to crush the terrorist mindset as well.
Addressing the graduates of National Security and War Course here at National Defence College, the President said terrorism and extremism could be eliminated by promoting education.
The President said following the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, another national objective needed to be determined to ensure peace in the country.
He said civil and military officials, media and educationists could contribute their input in devising a national policy in eliminating terrorism.
He said the State was fully conscious of the challenging tasks ahead besides tackling internal and external problems.
He expressed confidence that a bright and prosperous future was awaiting the country.
President Mamnoon also suggested benefiting from the expertise of friendly countries in curbing militancy and extremism.
He said there was a paradigm shift in the concept and understanding of national security, at state-centric to societal level.
He mentioned that the country’s geo-strategic location and events in the region had a direct impact on domestic situation as well as at its international standing.
The President stressed that it was the time to take stock of the situation and work in collaboration as a team to ensure that national interests take primacy.
He lauded the contributions of NDU in refining and defining national security concepts of the participants and enabling civilian policy-makers to acquire a better understanding of issues concerning national security.
He said the NDU’s course on national security was significant not only for the armed forces officers, but also for senior officers from friendly countries.
Congratulating the graduates, the President said they were now equipped with requisite skills to handle intricate and complex professional matters concerning national security.
He urged upon the graduates to focus on complimenting the national response against the threat and challenges faced by the country.
The President gave away certificates among the participants of the course.
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, members of parliament and civil and military personnel attended the event. –APP
Story first published: 13th January 2017