European Defense Attachés Hail DTCE’s Reintegration Program for Former Militants

11th September 2013

In a related development, a delegation of Defense Attachés from six European countries visited DTCE and reviewed the functioning of Nawa-e-Sahar De-radicalization Center via live video link.
Delegates reviewing NSDC's work in Bajaur during video-conference with Brig Haider, Commander FC North
The visiting delegation included Lt Col Zsolt Muller (Hungary), Col Anders Walden (Sweden), Lt Col Markus Maeder (Switzerland), Lt Col Walter Buysse (Belgium), Commander Carsten Klenke (Germany) and Frans van Veenendaal (Netherlands) and Saadat Ali (Senior Program Officer, Embassy of Netherlands). Commander Frontier Corps North Brig. Haider Ali also joined in via video conference.

Mr. Daniyal Aziz, MNA and Chairman Board of Directors DTCE, briefed the delegates about historic background of Malakand uprising along with situation analysis which led to militancy followed by the army/government response. He stated that the situation in Malakand is different from the uprising in the FATA areas. As the people of Malakand are historically peace loving and their main concerns were related to property rights and justice, which was exploited by the militants to gain access into the area and recruit support.
Mission delegates during discussion on public safety interventions with Chairman DTCE

Brig. Haider shared the success of the de-radicalization center and stated that within last one year over 100 former militants have been rehabilitated through counseling, skill development and livelihood projects.

The briefing was followed by an interactive presentation on DTCE’s Public Safety and Justice Program being implemented in Malakand region. The delegates gave constructive suggestions based on similar international experience. They also appreciated the initiative and encouraged replication of effort.