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Sushma Swaraj at OIC meet: Our fight is against terrorism not religion, Islam teaches peace

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 March 2019, 13:50 IST
Sushma Swaraj at OIC

At the Organization of Islamic Cooperation conclave, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has clearly stated that their ‘fight is against terrorism and not any religion.’

In the conclave, Sushma Swaraj has talked about various aspects about terrorism, countries shielding terror groups and the difference between religion and extremism in the name of religion.

Swaraj said, “Terrorism in each case is driven by distortion of religion. Fight against terror is not a confrontation against any religion. Just as Islam means peace, none of the 99 names of Allah mean violence. Similarly every religion stands for peace.”

Without taking the name of Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj countered at the neighbour country saying, “ If we want to save humanity, we must tell the states who provide shelter and funding to terrorists, to dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorist camps and stop providing funding shelter and funding to the terror organisation based in that country.”

Elaborating about India and mentioning the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj has said that peace is the need of the hour.

I come from land of Mahatma Gandhi where every prayer ends with call for 'shanti' that is peace for all. I convey our best wishes, support&solidarity in your quest for stability, peace, harmony, economic growth&prosperity for your people & world.”

Earlier, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi announced in the Parliament that they will skip the OIC meet as India is attending it and Sush Swaraj would be the Guest of Honour.

Qureshi said, “I will not attend Council of Foreign Ministers as a matter of principle for (them) having extended invitation as a Guest of Honour to Sushma Swaraj.”

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First published: 1 March 2019, 13:50 IST