He explained that to combat militancy, an intellectual treatment was necessary in addition to security treatment.
He also explained that those susceptible to extremist ways of thinking are often not well educated in the religion or are new to it, and therefore can be easily misguided.
“You will find that these people lack in (Islamic) education, and have not been religious for long, and yet they consider what they’re doing is jihad,” he said.
“You have to open the path for moderate clerics, and Azhar is ready,” he said.
“And if we can’t guide the terrorists, at least we can protect other” Muslims.
He did note, however, that clerics and educators would also require protection from extremists.