Worried over sectarian conflict, India not keen to fight the global war against IS

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In a rather significant policy decision, the  BJP led NDA  government, has told  the Delhi High Court that it fears that Indians joining the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria may “directly result in sectarian conflict in India”.

In an affidavit filed in the HC, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that it does not want Indians to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State, as it fears they could get radicalised and indulge in extremist activities after returing to their homes. “Allowing any sect to take part in the conflict in Iraq/Syria would have had repercussions on other sects in India. This could directly result in sectarian conflict within India, which is not in the interest of the nation,” the affidavit stated, as per a report in an English daily.

The Home Ministry further told the court that Allowing an Indian to go to another country to take part in a conflict would tantamount to joining “terrorist activities” and will create communal conflict in India. This, in turn, would “adversely impact friendly relations with the foreign countries”, the affidavit added.

The affidavit was in response to the PIL filed by Delhi-based lawyer Mehmood Pracha after which the court issued the notice to the Centre.

A look-out-circular was issued against lawyer Mehmood Pracha and five other members of the Shia organisation Anjuman-e-Haideri (AeH).

The Delhi High Court sought the Intelligence Bureau’s (IB) response on a look-out notice issued against the advocate Mehmood Pracha,who alleged that the look-out notice was issued against him by IB had prevented him from travelling to Iraq last year, on November 24 last year.

The court, however, declined to go into the issue of “formation, existence and functioning” of the IB. The plea also challenged the constitutional validity of the existence and formation of the IB and sought its “disbanding”.

According to the petition, Pracha came to know about the look-out notice when he and five others were stopped from boarding their flight and an endorsement “offloaded” was made on their passports. They had intended to travel to Iraq to do relief work and oppose IS activities, the petition said.

Over 1,050 Indian Islamic scholars and clerics have issued fatwa against the daesh or Islamic State terror group and described its acts and actions as against the basic tenets of Islam. “Islam shuns violence while Daesh perpetuates it,” the edict said.

Abdul Rehman Anjari, president of Mumbai’s Islamic defence cyber cell, collected the edicts from Muslims scholars and leaders over the past few months

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