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Pakistan delegation in London to learn how to stop extremists

PUBLISHED: 01:11 02 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 05 October 2010

Cllr Ullah (right) shows Ammara Durrani the Rapid Response bus

Cllr Ullah (right) shows Ammara Durrani the Rapid Response bus

A TOP delegation from the Pakistan government has visited London’s East End to learn about its war on violent extremism’ programme. The strategic communications specialist at Pakistan’s ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ammara Durrani, arrived in Britain representing the Information Minister Sherry Rehman to learn about pilot schemes in tackling extremists groups

A TOP delegation from the Pakistan government has visited London's East End to learn about its 'war on violent extremism' programme.

The strategic communications specialist at Pakistan's ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ammara Durrani, arrived in Britain representing the Information Minister Sherry Rehman to learn about pilot schemes in tackling extremists groups.

She was accompanied by the High Commissioner to Britain Syeda Rizvi to meet leaders of Tower Hamlets council.

The delegation learning about projects such as the council's 'Rapid Response' team.

Tower Hamlets council cabinet member Abdal Ullah told her: "We're aiming to prevent all members of the community engaging in any kind of extremist activities, regardless of their background."

The delegation also had a presentation from Bold Creative, a company in the East End that has developed a 'tagmap' project and outlined proposals for a 'digital disruption' scheme to disrupt radicalising messages through a targeted media campaign.

The aim of the Pakistani officials' visit to Britain was to try boost the Islamabad government's counter terrorism communication machinery.

High on its agenda was Tower Hamlets council, which has been allocated £1.3m to run the Government's Preventing Violent Extremism agenda in the East End.


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