The new research of Afghanistan Institute of Strategic Studies indicates that the terrorist Haqqani network do not use social pates for their terrorist targets.
The research which conducted in four provinces of the country is based on religious and ethnic extremism in Afghanistan.
“Our research is about government and none-government corruption, extremism in official and unofficial religious schools and the increase of extremism in social pages,” said Reza Muhammadi, head of Afghanistan Institute of Strategic Studies.
Deputy of the institutions, Najib Sharifi says that the findings of this research show that Taliban and Daesh groups are the biggest terrorist groups that used social pages as warfare information against the government. But the Haqqani circles did not use the social pages.
Officials in Afghanistan Institute of Strategic Studies noted that the armed Taliban group has used social for messaging in Kunduz battle.
The institution calls on the international community to help Afghanistan in combat against extremism.
“The international community can help Afghanistan, how to prevent extremism and fighting against it in social pages,” said Najib Sharifi, researcher of social media.
Although conservative and radical Islam has been practiced in Afghanistan for centuries, it was never used to provoke violent extremism and therefore was not considered a major threat to Afghan society.
Over the past decades, particularly since the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan has been experiencing a peak level of radicalism and the exploitation of radical religious views for violent purposes.
Soon after the establishment of the new Afghan government, extremists realized that they could promote their ideology freely without any restrictions.
They learned that the Afghan government has no plan for interfering in any kind of religious affairs and that the government is so involved in other immediate issues that their activities would likely go unnoticed.
Since then, extremists have been successfully engaged in radicalizing Afghan citizens and driving them to violent extremism in mosques, madrassas, universities and in their own homes via media and a variety of other tools, thanks to the unprecedented freedom and opportunities offered by the government.
Religious extremism has been growing in Afghanistan at an alarming rate, while the Afghan government and its international allies have turned a blind eye to it.
Although any kind of interference, even a lawful and moderate intervention from the government now or later could have disastrous consequences, it would be significantly easier to face this disaster sooner rather than later, as with every step taken by the government, the extremists take two.
Reported by Ali Asghari
Written by Muhammad Zakaria