Kingdom Official Rejects Claims Of Support for Pakistan Extremists

Saudi Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Saud has rejected accusations from Pakistan that Gulf countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, are funding the Sunni extremists responsible for the Quetta bombing, writes Abdulaziz al-Otor.

al-monitor Shiite Muslims shout slogans during a protest against Saturday's bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, as they demand that security forces protect them from hardline Sunni groups, Feb. 18, 2013. Photo by REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed.

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Feb 18, 2013

Following a blast in Quetta, Pakistan, that killed 81 members of Pakistan’s Shiite minority, Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Saud, the undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral Relations, described as "suspicious and malicious" Pakistani accusations, leveled against Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia, that they support the extremist Sunni groups in Pakistan behind the attack.

The prince told Al-Hayat at the conclusion of the international counter-terrorism conference in Riyadh, held jointly with the UN, that “Saudi Arabia does not support, under any circumstances, extremism; rather it goes to great lengths to fight it off.”

He noted that Saudi Arabia was “among the countries that has witnessed villainous terrorist acts; how would it, therefore, support extremists?” He said that the policy of the kingdom “is based on moderation and ensuring security and stability, locally and internationally. The establishment of a counter-terrorism center and the efficient involvement in warding off this phenomenon serve as clear proof.”

“The accusations of support for extremist groups come from individuals who have suspicious intentions and misguided ideas, which we reject,” he added, stating that Saudi Arabia's endeavors are the best response.

Meanwhile, Ahsan Mubarak, dean of the studies and research center at the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), said that the goal of preserving the human rights of those engaged in Arab terrorist activities is “facing hard challenges.” He said that the prevailing belief that violating human rights is “almost valid” when it comes to terrorist groups is “wrong,” since it indicates that these groups are “less human” than the others.

Mubarak said in a document presented at the conclusion of the international conference that respecting human rights of those engaged in terrorist acts is “complicated” and difficult, given the stance of security authorities toward terrorism and the popular position that refuses to respect the rights of “terrorists.” Society at large sees these individuals as guilty and unworthy of human rights since they are tools for “killing innocents, taking hostages and destroying property.”

He said that the brutal and inhumane treatment of terrorist groups lead to “reverse results.” He added, “Such treatment will lead them to the farthest ends of extremism, unrepentant terrorism and suicide attacks.”

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