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Admitting that terrorism and radicalisation have isolated Pakistan globally, the country's major political parties have pledged to combat the scourges if they are voted to power in the July 25 general election.
In their manifestos, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have identified terrorism, radicalisation and extremism as the bane of the country.
They also promised to reform the education in thousands of madrassas (Islamic seminaries) spread across the Muslim-majority nation.
The United States, India and Afghanistan have been pressing Islamabad to stop providing safe havens to terror groups operating in the country.
Imran Khan-led PTI in its manifesto released yesterday said, it recognises the scourge of terrorism and its devastating effect on Pakistan and its citizens not only in terms of the massive loss of Pakistani lives but also in a once tolerant society becoming polarised into intolerance, fear and hate.
"The PTI stands committed to restoring the spirit of tolerance and acceptance amongst all the citizens of Pakistan," it said.
The cricketer-turned-politician's party, which seems to have the backing of the powerful military, says it will try to educate the population through developing a counter ideological narrative by co-opting religious scholars.
A a counter narrative is critical because militants need social space for their existence and growth.
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