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Injustice to Moro people lures young Muslims to violent extremism

Mohagher Iqbal of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said the standing injustices committed globally and domestically against the Moro people are luring the young Muslims to embrace violent extremism, a report posted online by DavaoToday said.

“There is a continuing risk of youths being enticed by violent and extremist ideologies and join local ISIS-inspired groups as a result of existing global and domestic injustices,” Iqbal, Chairperson of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel in a statement on Sunday, September 10.

The lack of political settlement to address the clamor of the Moro people for autonomy is one reason which the MILF sees as fuel for discontent among young Muslims, the report added.

“The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the implementation of the signed peace agreements are examples of concrete steps that can provide long-term solutions against violent extremism,” Iqbal further said.

The BBL was not included among the list of priority bills agreed by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC), although the government assured that the BBL is still a priority of the government.

In the same statement, Iqbal stressed that violent extremism is unaccepted in Islam. But he clarified that an armed approach is not the only solution to address the problem.

The deaths of several MILF’s emissaries sent by the MILF for a peace negotiation” in Barangay Pusaw, Shariff Saidona Mustapha, Maguindanao for peace negotiation with Abu Toraife’s Jamaatul Mujahiren Wal-Ansar on August 2 prompted the MILF to defend its communities against violent extremism, Iqbal said.

The Task Force ittihad composed of several hundreds of MILF Fighters are pursuing members of Abu Toraife’s terror group in Datu salibo town in Maguindanao.

In one encounter, Hamid allegedly a son of Abu Toraife was killed in a clash with MILF fighters.