President Nazarbayev proposes to combat religious extremism in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept. 1 / Trend A.Maratov /
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has given recommendations to MPs during his speech at the opening of the fifth session of the Kazakh parliament on Thursday.
He urged the deputies of both chambers to carefully consider the law on religious organizations.
"The point is to protect the state from religious extremism, which affects all States - especially those which recognize Islam as a major state religion," Nazarbayev said.
Nazarbayev criticized the current situation in the country in terms of its religious activities.
He said the country lacks control over the registration and activities carried out by the established mosques, thereby creating the threat of extremism in the country. He urged parliamentarians to restore order in this area.
Nazarbayev also stated the need to develop local mass media and NGOs. In this regard, he stressed the importance of the newly developed law on broadcasting.
"The adoption of this bill provides a powerful impetus to domestic TV and radio channels. The project will be submitted to the parliament in the near future," Nazarbayev said.
President voiced a need to adopt the legislation protecting small and medium businesses from numerous inspections, especially at the stage of creating new enterprises.
"A legislative ban should be imposed on conducting planned inspections by state agencies on new business entities for a period of three years from the date of registration," Nazarbayev said.