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Fight against Terrorism is not confronting any religion: Sushma Swaraj at OIC

The Minister is likely to direct her address mainly on the issue of terrorism, as Pakistan based terror groups have been inflicting terror attacks on India for long. The ties between the two countries strained further after Indian fighter jets bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan to avenge Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama strike, on Tuesday.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 1 March 2019 6:28 AM GMT

Fight against Terrorism is not confronting any religion: Sushma Swaraj at OIC
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Sushma Swaraj to raise terrorism issue at OIC meet in Abu Dhabi
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Abu Dhabi: The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, while addressing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday, attacked Pakistan by saying that states sheltering and funding terrorists should dismantle terror camps on their soil.

"If we want to save humanity, then we must tell the states which provide shelter and funding to terrorists to dismantle the infrastructure of the terrorist camps and stop providing funding and shelter to terror organisations based in that country," she said.

Swaraj was speaking at the conference as a "Guest of Honour", a first for India. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi kept away from the OIC meet due to her presence.

“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.”

“The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It cannot be. Just as Islam literally means peace, none of the 99 names of Allah means violence. Similarly, every religion in the world stands for peace, compassion and brotherhood,” she added.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Abu Dhabi to attend the inaugural plenary of the two-day meeting, on Friday, where she was expected to raise the issue of terrorism, amid increasing Indo-Pak tensions.

It is for the first time that India has been invited to a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), an influential grouping of 57 Islamic countries, as the guest of honour.

The ties between India and Pakistan strained further after Indian fighter jets bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan to avenge Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama strike, on Tuesday. Pakistan carried out a retaliatory aerial raid on Wednesday.

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