Promoting Peace and Mitigating Conflict through Capacity Building and Livelihood Development

Group photo of passing out ceremony of voluntary inmates

11th October 2013

In a landmark achievement, 49 voluntary inmates from Swat region successfully graduated from Nawa-e-Seher De-radicalization Center (NSDC) in Bajaur in an impressive passing out ceremony held on October 11, 2013.

NSDC is being managed by Frontier Corps with technical and financial assistance from DTCE. It is supported by the Kingdom of Netherlands through DTCE’s “Public Safety and Justice Program”. The need for this program arose after the military operation in Swat to counter the Taliban-led insurgency, which resulted in a large number of arrests and surrenders. The center is a huge step towards providing the surrendered militants another chance at life as law-abiding, socially responsible and economically productive citizens. The inmates undergo a series of courses including religious counseling, psychiatric counseling and livelihood training in which they are imparted marketable technical and business skills. The rehabilitation initiative is a major contribution to ensure long term peace in the area by increasing economic activity and improving social cohesion. Since the operation, NSDC has successfully reintegrated more than 100 individuals back into society. Local communities and relatives of inmates have also given positive feedback regarding the impact of the program.

NSDC graduates taking oath during the ceremony

Speaking on the occasion, Brig Haider Ali, Commanding Officer of Bajaur Scouts congratulated the graduates and appreciated the hard work being done by the center. The ceremony was also attended by several military officials and local elders. Mr. Jabbar Shah, Political Agent Bajaur in his speech commended the constructive role being played by the military and DTCE in this regard. He also expressed hope that the graduates would return to society as symbols of tolerance and ambassadors of peace. The ceremony was also observed by a delegation of Kingdom of Netherlands, the cost sharing donors for this program, via live video broadcast.