Take the fight to IS: Diplomats, religious leaders in Delhi on Anti-Terrorism Day

The event, held in Karbala at Jor Bagh, was attended by thousands of members of the Muslim community, who also marked the 40th day to the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published: December 4, 2015 3:29:33 am
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At an event to mark Anti-Terrorism Day in Delhi Thursday, diplomats from Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq shared the dais with religious leaders and vowed to fight terror together.

The event, held in Karbala at Jor Bagh, was attended by thousands of members of the Muslim community, who also marked the 40th day to the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

The diplomats unequivocally condemned the recent terror attack on Paris by Islamic State (IS) terrorists and urged the international community to step up its efforts to fight global terror.

Evegeny Bezeka, second secretary in the Embassy of Russian Federation, spoke about his country’s fight against the terror outfit.

“We are fighting the Islamic State in Syria in accordance with international law and in partnership with the legitimate Syrian government. What the international coalition could not achieve in years, in its fight against IS in Syria, we have been able to do in just three months,” said Bezeka.

“However, we have been attacked by Turkey. This is a stab on the back. There should be international partnership in fighting terror. Russia cannot be bullied, we are not afraid,” he said. The Russian diplomat also stressed on the importance of providing stability in the region.

“Who are these terrorists? They are the ones who lost their jobs in the US war against Iraq. We all need to provide stability in the region. That is the only solution,” he said.

Echoing Russia’s sentiment, Syrian Ambassador Dr Riad Kamel Abbas said Moscow’s efforts against Islamic State “have been more effective than the international alliance”.

Mohammed Sabri, Charge D’Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, said the US should be subjected to “international pressure” to convince it to fight the Islamic State.

“Only the US can completely eliminate the IS. But the US just does the talking. Only with international pressure on the US can one can fight the IS. Only America has the resources to fight them,” he said.

Religious leaders also condemned the IS and urged the international community to delink terror from Islam.

Among those present at the event were Maulana Kalbe Jawad, general secretary of the All India Majlis Ulema Hind, Acharya Pramod Krishnam, John Dyal, general secretary of the All India Christian Council and Yayhya Bukhari, president, Jama Masjid United Forum.

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