Varanasi: Dismissing reports of the Islamic State gaining a foothold in Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that Indian Muslims would never allow terrorist outfits such as IS to have a base in India.
Singh also said he has complete faith in the Indian youth that they would not let IS mislead them.
“Any Indian Muslim who believes in Islam would not allow any opportunity to the Islamic State to have a base in the country,” the home minister said.
His remarks came in wake of claims that the global terror outfit was involved in an attack on security forces in Srinagar on November 17 in which a militant, Mugees, was killed and a sub-inspector, Imran Tak, lost his life.
The IS claimed the attack through its propaganda news agency, ‘Amaq’. Photographs of Mugees with the IS flag had surfaced on social media and his body was wrapped in the black IS flag.
Singh urged the youth who live near the India-Pakistan border and who have been misled into joining militant groups, to return to the mainstream, saying proper assistance would be provided to them.
Singh dismissed reports about IS gaining a foothold in the Kashmir Valley and said there was no confirmation of 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 Dokalam area in Sikkim sector, Singh said India wants cordial ties with its neighbours and even Chinese president Xi Jinping had expressed similar views.