Simply capturing militants is not enough; the overall task is much bigger
In the nearly three years since the horrific terror attack on Holey Artisan Bakery which shook our nation, it is encouraging to see that the government has taken every initiative to ensure that militancy does not raise its ugly head again.
This is reflected in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent remarks, which highlight the fact that our intelligence agencies are always alert regarding potential future terrorist attacks.
Vigilance is key when it comes to extremist and militant behaviour, and we cannot afford to let our guard down, especially in the light of recent events in the world.
Terrorism has no religion, and it has no nationality, and as we have witnessed recently with the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday attacks -- which, by some reports, could have been in retaliation for the Christchurch mosque attack -- attacks can happen when least expected, and anyone can be a target.
Therefore the PM is right to say large scale social awareness is necessary to stand against militancy; simultaneously, it is important that we watch for signs of the radicalization and ensure that young minds are not being brainwashed and pushed into such paths of senseless violence.
Simply capturing militants, then, is not enough; the overall task is much bigger, and involves the proper nurturing and education of the younger generation, who, without the right supervision, can be vulnerable to extremist ideologies.
To that end, our large community of Islamic scholars has an important role to play -- by clearing up any confusion, and sending a strong message that violence and militancy are not endorsed by, or part of, any religion.