Seeks their cooperation to check growing tentacles of militant outfit
New Delhi : To check growing attempts by ISIS to attract Indians, the government on Tuesday reached out to prominent Muslim leaders seeking their help to counter designs of the dreaded group and also fight violence and cross-border terrorism.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval and senior Home Ministry officials apprised the Muslim leaders about activities of the Middle-East terrorist group and its efforts to attract Indian youth to its fold.
The Home Minister sought the cooperation of the clerics, who offered all help to the government in this regard, officials said.
While the Muslim leaders offered all help to the government to counter terrorism, they raised the issue of alleged persecution of some Muslim youths in the name of terrorism.
The issues that were discussed included misuse of social media, sources of impetus that attract persons, specially youth, to ISIS, the growth of ISIS influence in India’s neighbourhood and the best possible law enforcement response.
Condemning all kinds of violence in the name of religion, the delegation explained that Islam stands for peace and well-being of all and no one should be misguided or have an understanding contrary to this fact.
The Muslim leaders said they were against any sort of terrorist or violent activities including cross-border terrorism. Underlining the fact that Muslims were safe and enjoyed freedom in India, they said this kind of freedom and security is not available to the community even in Muslim-majority countries.
The delegation emphasised that Indian Muslim youths have not fallen prey to any propaganda in the name of Islam and expressed satisfaction on steps taken by the NDA government for creating an atmosphere of peace and security in the mind of the minority community, a Home Ministry statement said.
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South also on scanner
New Delhi: Concerned over a sizeable number of South Indians getting attracted to ISIS, government will soon reach out to prominent Muslim leaders of Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to counter the influence of the dreaded terrorist group over community youth. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will meet prominent Muslim personalities of South India so that they could persuade youth not to fall prey to extremist ideology and eventually join terrorist groups like ISIS. Sources said politicians like AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi may be roped in to appeal to youth against radical propaganda, especially those coming through social media and other internet platforms.