Muslim leader stresses need to probe roots of terrorism

February 28th, 2008 - 12:20 am ICT by admin  


New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Underlining that terrorism has no religion, a Muslim leader Wednesday argued for a more in-depth investigation into the reasons that turn an ordinary man into a terrorist. “Security agencies declare so and so individual as terrorist but we never come to know their basic reasons that make them resort to violence, if its true,” Sirajuddin Qureshi, president of the India Islamic Cultural Centre (IIIC) here, told reporters.

He said a person usually turned to terrorism due to a certain sense of injustice and deprivation. “Either he has seen his mother or sister being raped; brother or father being killed, or he has been kept out of society,” Qureshi said.

Such a person has revenge on top of his mind and looks at everyone as an enemy, he said, stressing: “We need to know why they become terrorists.

“We learn the names of those who attacked parliament (in December 2001), but we never get to know about them, what their motivations were. Unless we do that, it will be very difficult to fight against terrorism,” he said.

Qureshi suggested the formation of an independent agency, which will have members from all religions, to probe the factors that spur individuals to become terrorists.

“We read in media that innocent Muslims are being picked up after a terrorist attack. This body should inquire into these cases,” Qureshi said, deploring that most people caught up in the security net usually turn out to be innocent.

He, however, condemned terrorism of all kinds and said terrorists have no religion.

Qureshi’s suggestion comes two days after the Darul Uloom Deoband, India’s oldest seminary, condemned terrorism as un-Islamic.

He announced that IICC will also organize a seminar March 9 to discuss this insidious problem.

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