Jaipur | Dreaded terror outfit ISIS has completely failed to attract Indian Muslims into its fold as the community is fully integrated into the mainstream, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. 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.
Launching a scathing attack on Pakistan, Union Home Minister said if the neighbouring country stops supporting terrorists, the security situation in South Asia will improve significantly. The source of most terrorist activities in India lies across the borders and it is unfortunate that even after paying such a heavy price for itself, Pakistan and its associates find it difficult to understand that there are no good terrorists and bad terrorists.
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.
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