Why Does The Government Want To Restrain Indian Citizens From Travelling To Iraq & Syria?
The government Wednesday said it does not want Indians to fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria since that can "directly result in sectarian conflict in India". Submitting an affidavit in the Delhi High Court, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said it wanted to restrain Indian citizens from travelling to Iraq and Syria to participate in the ongoing conflict there because they could get radicalised and, on their return, indulge in extremist activities in India. "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. The MHA contended that joining the fight against the IS was tantamount to "terrorist activities" and this would "adversely impact friendly relations with the foreign countries".