LONDON: Pakistan’s former Interior Minister and Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A Rehman Malik has stressed that the today we are living in a world where the threat perception with different dimensions is increasing day by day and the international community has so far failed to come up with collective response to these growing serious threats.
He said today, the world is less peaceful than the past and becoming more dangerous with every passing day adding that we see every day some incident of violation happening somewhere in the world.
He expressed these views while giving lecture on “The growing threat of Global Terrorism” at the Trinity College, Oxford University on Monday evening. He was invited by Mustafaen Kamal, President of Oxford Majlis Society on behalf of the Oxford Union.
The lecture was attended by a large number of international students representing seven different Oxford Unions, faculty members, local senior politicians and journalists.
He presented Pakistan’s narrative on war on terror and counted the sufferings of Pakistan because of terrorism and war on terror.
Senator Rehman Malik is the only Pakistani after Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to address this prestigious forum.
The soft launching ceremony of his book “Daesh – Rising Monster Worldwide” also held at end of the lecture and number of his first book “Modi’s War Doctrine” was presented to the students, faculty members, journalists and other participants with author signature.
Rehman Malik said it is unfortunate that terrorism is now being used to achieve political and ideological goals and the magnitude is increased and it has appeared as a monster in the form of syndicates and well organised crime.
He said it is now international fact that wars bring miseries and bread terrorism which has stood established since the end of the World War -II.
Pointing out that the USSR was defeated by Jihadis in Afghanistan duly supported by the CIA, he said it gave birth to terrorism and extremism and multiple terrorist organizations as those Jihadis were left jobless by the CIA soon after the USSR disintegration.
He said the CIA had recruited thousands of disgruntled Muslim elements and criminals from Europe and Canada and launched them with full military training in Afghanistan via Pakistan for their own goals and objectives.
He said he can safely claim that the birth of Taliban and Al-Qaeda would have not been evolved if the USA had not left these remnants of Jihadis jobless in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Senator Malik said he has named Taliban as Zaliman (The Cruel) after witnessing their brutalities and their dreadful acts of terrorism against innocent people. He added that the Afghanistan and Kashmir issue are very serious and major reason of unrest in the region and have endangered the regional and international peace.
He said, “I remember, when I identified OBL through his links with Yousef Ramsey and knew their nefarious activities that were against Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The potential of terrorism exists even today by associates of OBL now in the form of Daesh/ ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
This high level trained force of Afghan and Afro- Arab Jihadis were left alone and they lost their jobs and hence their retaliation was natural in the form consolidation of their own militant groups.
This abrupt and sudden ditch by the USA was not accepted by these militants and almost the entire force emerged as Taliban on both sides of Pakistan and Afghanistan. These militants were subsequently adopted by OBL for his group Al-Qaeda with the help of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second in command of Al Qaeda.”
Senator Malik emphasized that the world leaders have now identified the common enemy –terrorists and all should move towards devising a common strategy. He said we will not be able to counter the menace of terrorism unless international community moves with collective counter measures and common strategy.
He said he has always advocated for a common counter-terrorism strategy against terrorism since he was the interior minister and had urged US President George W Bush, later President Barak Obama.
The students at Oxford University thanked Senator Rehman Malik and said they will continue to invite him for lectures on terrorism.