Ex-Army Chief of Pakistan General (Retd) Raheel Sharif highlighted the challenges presented by the digital and social media in combating terrorism in a panel discussion “Terrorism in the Digital” at the annual meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF).

While elaborating on the active role of digital environment, Raheel Sharif termed the intelligence sharing to be significant in fighting the terrorism.

He said, “Intelligence sharing is key to success against terrorism. That’s very very important. If there is intelligence shared, actionable intelligence, and countries work and act on it, I think they can bring a difference.”

He also expressed how the digital world and social media had facilitated the terrorists while making it easy for influencers to create more followers by conveying their messages. He said, “recruitment is one thing which is done on that (social media), and I think the financier, abettors, facilitator and the sympathizers all of them are involved in this.”

General Raheel Sharif who is one of the most popular army chiefs of Pakistan has recently accepted the offer to head the Saudi-led IMAFT (Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism) that consists of 39 Islamic countries till now.

Raheel Sharif at WEF talking on digital media's role in terrorism
Raheel Sharif at the Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum; Twitter

Ex-Army chief also occupies a special place in the heart of Pakistanis for taking decisive steps against the terrorists by launching Operation Zarb-e-Azab in North Waziristan.

According to Maria Saifuddin Effendi, a lecturer at National Defence University Operation Zarb-e- Azab cost $1.9bn.

A recent report of the SBP (State Bank of Pakistan) has come up with more startling revelations about the consumption of economic resources.

The SBP report says that Pakistan has cost almost $118bn in the war against terrorism.

Loss of civilians and Pakistani lives is also another tragedy that the country has faced since it has started fighting the extremism. Other indirect losses have also impacted Pakistan so badly. Our tourist industry, entertainment industry suffered worst with a compromise on education as we needed to increase our defense budget for fighting the terrorists.


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