Terrorism Has No Religion: Farooq Abdullah, Amar Singh

15 October 2008
The Times of India


Mumbai: Terrorism has no religion and the country faces danger not from outside but from within, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Ab dullah said on Wednesday. 'There is more danger from the enemies within,' Abdullah said while addressing a rally held to celebrate 61st birthday of senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal. 'A person may be bad but not his religion,' Abdullah said while addressing the over lakh Bhujbal supporters who had gathered for the birthday bash. Abdullah assured Hindus that the Amarnath Yatra would continue unhindered for years to come. 'Till there is even a single Kashmiri left, be he a Muslim or from other faith, the yatra will continue,' he said. Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh said there was a need to have a forum of various political leaders in the backdrop of 'a feeling among a community that it is being targeted after the riots and blasts.' The SP leader also expressed anguish over branding of UP's Azmgarh as a terrorist haven. 'When 20 crore Muslims are sad, then how can 80 crore Hindus be happy,' he said. NCP chief Sharad Pawar said holy books like Gita, Quran, Bible and Guru Granth Sahib abhor violence. 'Terrorism has no religion', he said. Terrorism is born when vested interests help foster a feeling of ill-will among sections, he said.