Strongly advocating the need to tell the states who provides shelter and funding to the terrorists, to dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorists, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today made it clear that the fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion.
Addressing members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi, she asserted that OIC must tell such nations to dismantle terror infrastructure. Participating as a Guest of Honour at the meet of the 57 countries, mostly Muslim countries, she said that just as Islam literally means peace, none of the 99 names of Allah means violence, she said that every religion in the world stands for peace, compassion and brotherhood.
“Terrorism and extremism bear different names and labels. It uses diverse causes. But in each case, it is driven by distortion of religion, and a misguided belief in its power to succeed,” she said.
“The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It cannot be,” said Swaraj quoting from holy books Quran, Guru Granth Sahib and Rig Veda, adding, “Terrorism and extremism bear different names and labels. It uses diverse causes. But in each case, it is driven by distortion of religion, and a misguided belief in its power to succeed.”
This was the first instance when an Indian external minister was invited to the OIC conference. As a protect, being founding member, Pakistan boycotted the event and its Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi skipped the meet. He said in the joint session of National Assembly of Pakistan Parliament that “India has no legal or moral ground to be present at the meeting.”
Swaraj did not mention the name of Pakistan during her address to the OIC conference while calling for a concerted action to mount pressure on the countries supporting terror outfits. But she said the reach of terror is increasing and we are seeing the terrible face of terror in.
Swaraj said Muslims are a microcosm of the diversity of India itself. “I carry the greetings of 1.3 billion Indians, including more than 185 million Muslim brothers and sisters. Our Muslim brothers and sisters are a microcosm of the diversity of India itself. In the past four years, few relationships have seen as much engagement, or has been so transformed, as India’s relationship with UAE and, indeed, with the entire Gulf and West Asia region. In a sense, it is a return of history,” she said.