LONDON: Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Peace Collective (PPC), Shabbir Anwar has said that his organization’s effective safer charity campaigns like “Haq Haqdaar Taak and “Pur Azam Pakistan ” launched through print and electronic media had created awareness among the public, besides increasing resilience against the menace of extremism and terrorism from the society in the country.
Shabbir Anwar, who is currently on visit to the UK stated this while briefing the media here at Pakistan High Commission on Monday evening, about the initiatives of PP Claunched for the safer charity and creating awareness among the different section of society against the menace of extremism and terrorism from the country.
Shabbir Anwar said that Pakistan Peace Collective (PPC) was a project of the Government of Pakistan which had helped to increase public support and bolstered resilience against extremism and violence in Pakistan. The PPC, he said was working closely with Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage, relevant government and international organizations on developing media products and impart training to help eliminate extremism and violence from the society and promote peace and harmony.
Shabbir Anwar said that the PPChad also produced documents about the impact of terrorism on the lives of ordinary citizens by highlighting the indiscriminate nature of violence in the society. He said that the PPC had developed media products on CT/CVE based counter-narrative titled “Haq, HaqdaarTak” and “PurAzm Pakistan”, which were successfully launched by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage through media campaigns at the national level against the scourge of extremism, violence, and terrorism from the society.
He said that PPC’s campaign against violence and extremism has been acclaimed by the international community. Highlighting the sacrifices of people and armed forces of Pakistan in the war against terrorism, he said that terrorism was not only an issue of Pakistan though “we are in the center of the storm” but its a global issue and it should be fought collectively. He said due to these sacrifices the security situation in the country has improved. The CEO of PPC said that his organization went to eight districts and now they are going to more twelve districts in the country and would also reach provinces and launch safer charity campaigns so that charity should benefit only the deserving and registered charity organizations in the country. He said that the PPC also informed the people in the districts about the genuine organizations working in their respective areas for their benefit and welfare.
Shabbir Anwar said that it was heartening to note that people first inquire the authenticity of the charity organizations and their activities before giving their Zakat and other donations which, he termed was a big development and a success of PPC campaigns. He said that PPC also went to twenty-eight universities in the country and also involved the students in its safer charity campaigns which were producing good results. He said that in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) and media a compulsory course was introduced and the PPC was also conducting training programmes for both journalists of print and electronic media especially those who were covering terrorism-related activities in the country.
He added that in collaboration with Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)the PPCafter five to six months of discussions had developed a code of ethics regarding the coverage of terrorism related incidents and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) was implementing it. He on the occasion vowed to continue the campaign for safer charity and creating awareness among the public against the menace of extremism and terrorism for the prosperity of the country. First Secretary, Press, Muneer Ahmed was also present at the occasion.