This week Davos is hosting the World Economic Forum with more than 6000 international personalities attending from the world of politics, economics and business. This year international terrorism is high on its agenda. WEF will discuss ways of combating international terrorism with experts on Thursday 27 January 2011.
The founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri spoke at the World Economic Forum on the topic ‘The Reality of Terrorism’.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri one of the high-profile scholars from the Islamic World spoke about the international situation and the increase of global terrorism after 9/11 and presented solutions on tackling the issue.
Mr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) introduced Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s historic fatwa on terrorism and asked about its impact at the global level and in the Arab world. The speakers and the participants appreciated the historic fatwa on terrorism and asked questions about its impact. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri informed the participants about its importance and its international impact. He explained that it’s most prominent feature is that it’s unconditional - without any ifs and buts hence there is no room for exception for terrorist acts.
Discussing the solutions for tackling international terrorism post 9/11, Dr Qadri explained that terrorist groups exploit the political situations of Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq as well as Pakistan and India. He added that they state that terrorism is linked with the faith of Islam, and exploit this misconception. He said that wrong terminology has been applied since 9/11. Therefore it is vital for the international community to de-link terrorism from Islam and to avoid terminology such as Islamist, jihadi, Islamic terrorist. He said terrorists have no religion and that they should be regarded as criminals only. He said that by using these terms the terrorist groups portray the war against terrorism as the war against Islam and this helps them to brainwash young people against the western world.
Dr Qadri said that the international disputes and political situations of Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq as well as Pakistan and India must be resolved in order to tackle international terrorism effectively.
Dr Qadri elaborated on the importance of promoting educational programmes on peace and harmony in schools, colleges, universities and among the general public as well as among the clerics (Ulema). He said that programmes to enhance conflict resolution skills should be introduced in order to effectively resolve regional and national conflicts.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that in order to effectively deal with counter-terrorism there is a need to promote social cohesion, multiculturalism and integration. He added that the model of isolation and assimilation should be avoided to promote social cohesion. He said that in order to bring the humanity closer, there is a need to launch interfaith dialogue among civilizations and build bridges.
He stressed that said that terrorism has adversely impacted the economies of the developing and the developed countries and added that the need of taking urgent steps for eradication of poverty from the developing world.
Other speakers at the panel included Mrs Audrey Kurth Cronin (FLTR), Professor of Strategy, US National War College, USA; Mr Bruno Tertrais, Senior Research Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (FRS), France; Global Agenda Council on Weapons of Mass Destruction; Mr Palaniappan Chidambaram, Minister of Home Affairs of India; Mr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), United Kingdom; Mr Imran Khan, Chairman, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.