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Terrorists have no religion, says Pakistani MP

“They are working against humanity and have their own agenda. They not only want their own countries to be destabilised by their terror acts but also create misunderstanding between countries”

Written by Shubhajitroy | New Delhi |
November 22, 2008 1:06:17 am

In the wake of the alleged involvement of Hindu groups in bomb blasts, Pakistan MP and a prominent member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, Farzana Raja, on Thursday said that “terrorists don’t have any religion” and they are out only to destabilise domestic regimes and create misunderstandings between countries.

Farzana, who has been a PPP spokesperson and holds a rank equivalent to that of a minister in the Pakistan Government, said, “I believe terrorists have no religion. They are working against humanity and have their own agenda. They not only want their own countries to be destabilised by their terror acts but also create misunderstanding between

countries.”

Farzana is in India, along with 11 other Pakistan MPs, on a study tour between November 17 and 22.

“We are part of Pakistan’s young parliamentarians group, who are aged below 40 years. We have had very good meetings with the Lok Sabha Speaker and other leaders and officials in India,” the 38-year-old PPP leader said here during an interaction with select group of journalists.

Farzana is also the chairperson of the Pakistan Government’s newly-launched Benazir Income Support Programme, which gives “under-privileged” beneficiaries Rs 1,000 every month.

“We don’t use the word ‘poor’ for these people, as we don’t want to hurt their self-respect, rather we use the term ‘underprivileged’ for them,” she said, adding that the programme was launched last month.

“In the first year itself, we have decided to reach out to 35 lakh families and will take it up to 70 lakh next year. The MPs will identify the beneficiaries, who will have to register themselves. Each MP has been entrusted to get 8,000 under-privileged persons for this scheme.

“I met Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and member Syeda Hameed, and they were interested in the programme,” she said.

“We shared ideas about expanding the ambit of this scheme by including health insurance, crop insurance and other such schemes,” she added.

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