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ISIS has failed to lure Indian Muslims: Rajnath

ISIS has failed to lure Indian Muslims: Rajnath
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"Indian Muslims are patriots and are not swayed by fundamentalist ideologies. Extremism is alien to their nature. Moreover, India, as a country is proud of all its diversity," he said inaugurating an international conference on counter terrorism here. Referring to the Middle-East terror group, which controls a vast territory in Iraq and Syria, the Home Minister said the influence of the Islamic State on Indian youths is negligible.

"According to our intelligence agencies, just a handful of Indian youths have joined the ISIS and some have returned after being persuaded by their families," he said.

Singh said India as a country is proud of all its diversity and has the second largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia.

"India is home to all 73 firqas of Muslims and it houses one of the oldest church known to mankind in the world. We have been practising philosophy of peaceful coexistence for centuries," he said.

‘If Pak stops aiding terror, S Asia situation will improve’

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked Pakistan to “seriously rethink” its strategy of using terrorism as an instrument of proxy war, saying this will “significantly” improve the security situation in South Asia besides being in its own national interest. Inaugurating an International Counter-Terrorism Conference, Singh said Pakistan should understand that there are no good or bad terrorists.

“It is unfortunate that even after paying such a heavy cost for itself, Pakistan and its associates find it difficult to understand that there are no good terrorists and bad terrorists,” he said, noting that the source of most terrorist activity in India lies across our borders. Singh said Pakistan should “seriously rethink its strategy of using terrorism as an instrument of proxy war, since this would be in her own national interest.” 

“Differentiating terrorists into good and bad categories has failed miserably. If the ISI and the Pakistan Army stops their support to certain terror outfits, I have no hesitation in saying that the security situation in South Asia will improve significantly,” he said.

“India has been a victim of cross-border terrorism for the last several decades. Terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad patronised by those across the border, have inflicted several acts of terror on the Indian soil. There are several instances of such proxies being used in other parts of the world,” he said. Speaking about the changing face of terrorism in the present world, Singh expressed concern over the increasing possibility and opportunity to use available technology and cyberspace in a destructive manner.. Singh also said the menace of terrorism is greatly amplified in today’s digital world.

“A ‘lone wolf’ terrorist can go online and learn how to carry out an attack without ever leaving home,” he said.

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