Rajnath Singh dismisses Islamic State's presence in Kashmir, says Indians Muslims will never be misled by terror group

Dismissing reports of the Islamic State gaining a foothold in Kashmir, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that Indian Muslims would never allow the terrorist outfit to have a base in the country

PTI November 21, 2017 08:41:42 IST
Rajnath Singh dismisses Islamic State's presence in Kashmir, says Indians Muslims will never be misled by terror group

Varanasi: Dismissing reports of the Islamic State gaining a foothold in Kashmir, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that Indian Muslims would never allow the terrorist outfit to have a base in the country.

Singh also said he has complete faith in the Indian youth that they would not let Islamic State misled them. "Any Indian Muslim who believes in Islam would not allow any opportunity to the Islamic State to have a base in the country," he said.

Rajnath Singh dismisses Islamic States presence in Kashmir says Indians Muslims will never be misled by terror group

File image of Rajnath Singh. PTI

His remarks came in wake of claims that the global terror outfit was involved in an attack on security forces in Srinagar on 17 November, in which one terrorist, Mugees, was killed and a sub-inspector, Imran Tak, lost his life.

The terrorist group claimed the attack through its propaganda news agency Amaq. Photographs of Mugees with the Islamic State flag had surfaced on the social media. Even his body was wrapped in the flag of the banned terror group during the funeral.

Singh urged the young men, who live near the India-Pakistan border and who have been misled into joining terrorist groups, to return to the mainstream, saying proper assistance would be provided to them.

He dismissed reports about Islamic State gaining a foothold in the Kashmir Valley and said there was no confirmation about such reports. He said the matter was being investigated by security agencies and any conclusion should be arrived at only after their report was submitted to the government.

Commenting on the recent military standoff with the Chinese army in Doka La area in Sikkim, Singh said India wants cordial ties with its neighbours and even Chinese president Xi Jinping has expressed his views on this.

Indian and Chinese armies were engaged in a two-month-long military standoff in Doka La, an area claimed by Bhutan, after Chinese troops tried to build a road through there. New Delhi opposed the construction of the road, fearing it would allow Beijing to cut off India's access to its northeastern states.

Singh also visited the house of Hindi author Manu Sharma, who died earlier this month, in Varanasi to pay his respects.

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