WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The government of Indonesia is following a "soft" approach to combating terrorism and preventing it gaining widespread support in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Pandjaitan stated.
"Indonesia very stable and very secure… Most of the terrorists have low education and work [in] low sector… That is why we emphasize the soft approach," Pandjaitan told the forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Tuesday.
"The biggest problem today is the lone wolf. [He is] very hard to [prevent]… We don't want to use the hard approach. The military approach is the last option for us," he explained.
The Indonesian government preferred to work with mainstream Muslim religious authorities to prevent and discourage terrorism and to educate the public against extremism, Pandjaitan added.