Gospel of Terrorism Changed (II)


Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

The Head of Human Rights Commission (EU) blasted Iran for its continued infiltration, conspiratorial role and series of proxy war in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), especially Bahrain, Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait and the last but not the least, Yemen.
He also blamed Iran in the off-spring of ISIS in Iraq because of its massive involvement in the government of Noor AL-Maliki. Iran dictated Noor’s government and his anti-Sunni policies which resultant mushroom growth of ISIS. Moreover, it has already been revealed in so many international journals, magazines and media that “axis of evil” i.e. Iran and Syria supported and nurtured ISIS to cleansing Sunni in the region. So far Iran did not take any appropriate military action against the onslaught of the ISIS in Iraq which reconfirms its secretive understanding and like-mindedness with them.
On the part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its strategic formation/coalition of 34-Islamic States has already proved its another bold step to cope with the widespread menace of ISIS in the region. It military alliance with Turkey to start “strategic strikes” against ISIS in Syria shows its strong political commitment to fight against ISIS. Its ongoing battel in Yemen was started to restore the legitimate government of the disposed President.
In order to curb terrorism within its soil, domestically the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia promulgated new “Counter Terrorism Law” titled the “Penal law for Terrorism crimes and financing of Terrorism” which was ratified by the then custodian of the Two Holy Mosques late King Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al Saud after being approved by the cabinet, following the initial proposal by the Interior Ministry and advisory Shura council. It was a major blow to terrorism and it marked the beginning of a new phase in the Kingdom’s counterterrorism strategy.
The law and decree were meant to curb jihadi operations on Saudi soil as well as counter non-jihadi dissidence, Its legal measures showed strong political will and determination to fight against terrorism.
The new law provided the necessary tools to control Saudis wishing to join civil wars and stem the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and ISIS within the country. Moreover, Saudi preachers haD also been put on notice to prevent and discourage young men from going to war, which is a direct violation of the teachings of Islam.
The royal decree/new counter terrorism law “was based on protecting national security” and that extremists have had been “extremely harmful to public tranquility and the state has no choice but to seek to confront this.”
The new counter terrorism law defined terrorism and provided for tough penalties for fund givers, terrorists and related organizations. Moreover, the new law defined terrorism as any criminal act that “destabilizes the society’s security or the state’s stability or exposes its national unity to harm.” It also stated that terrorist acts included disabling the ruling system or “offending the nation’s reputation or its position.
In order to further strengthening of its strides towards a better society, judicial system, accountability, transparency, and crime control parameters, the council of ministers passed the new counter terrorism law. It further defined terrorism as any act with a criminal motive that directly or indirectly undermined public order and the state’s security and stability, or endangered national unity.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia repeatedly confirmed its rejection and condemnation of terrorism, regardless of its source, motivations or objectives. It can be seen the Kingdom’s contribution and cooperation in international efforts against terrorism, financing terrorism, and its active commitment and implementation of international resolutions issued by the un Security council with regards to combatting terrorism.
The new counter terrorism law reflected Saudi Arabia strong political commitment to fight against terrorism, extremism and fundamentalism. It provided necessary legal cover to different organs of the state against terrorism.
It outlined different guidelines against money laundry, corruption and financial scams. It upheld the importance of systematic monitoring and supervision of in & out flows of funds to charitable entities in the country, region and around the globe. It streamlined the functions of secret agencies. It expedited the judicial proceedings and upholds the rule of law.
The preachers of evil and darkness are engaged in destroying elements of sagacity, forbearance, intellect and courteousness from societies. Now they have tried to cross the red-line by attacking holy shrine of Prophet Muhammad.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is committed to fight against terrorism and its franchises. The new law of Saudi Arabia is a giant leap to curb the ill designs of terrorists from within the country, the region and from the world.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the champion of anti-terrorism’s regional as well as global drives. It is now epicenter of anti-terrorism economic measures, strong political commitment, legal decrees, and the last but not the least, military operations to eliminate the evil designs and inspirations of ISIS and Iran. It has now become the hub of strategic policies, programs and alliances to cope with ISIS and all other terrorist hatcheries.