Thirty-three former militants were freed after undergoing 24-week ‘de-radicalisation’ training, undertaken by the Pakistan Army. The process includes training for trades such as electricians and carpenters.
A large public gathering was held on Tuesday, attended by Brigadier Haider, Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah, Bajaur Scouts Commandant Shakeel Janjua and various tribal elders.
Addressing the gathering, Haider said, “Islam teaches peace and we as Muslims should follow this principal.” He said that terrorism is a cancer defaming the holy religion of Islam.
At the occasion, trainees also told the media that they have taken an oath not to join militant groups in the future.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2012.