Islamabad:The seven-day training workshop on Countering Violent Extremism held in Islamabad at the Information Service Academy on Sunday concluded with the aim to portray reality and report the events truthfully to counte violent extremism prevailing in the society. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage (MIBNHLH) with an aim to provide front-line professional media product development training with a deeper understanding of the violent extremism and terrorism and the role of media in countering it.
Addressing the participants, Shafqat Jaleel expressed the hope that the representative students of various universities would disseminate whatever knowledge they had obtained during the workshop. “You are our future journalists and I’m really encouraged to see your dedication. You are lucky enough to intermingle with each other and share your experiences with each. I’m confident this will help you a lot in the days to come,” he said.
He said the workshop was aimed at educating the students to portray reality and report the events truthfully. He informed that the government of Pakistan was working on esteemed national policies on de-radicalization and on combating violent extremism in all its forms.
He said the project ‘Pakistan Peace Collective’ under which the workshop took place, had begun years ago in order to address these issues through research and communication strategies. Over 30 students of media studies from a wide range of universities, including Quetta, Karachi, Gilgit-Baltistan, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Malakand, Peshawar, Islamabad and Rawalpindi attended the workshop.