LONDON: The UK’s first Muslim Minister Shahid Malik on Monday said that although one of many terrorist attackers in London was of Pakistani origin, his ancestry had nothing to do together with his evil acts.
Shahid Malik, who served as justice minister, inside minister, worldwide improvement minister and native authorities minister underneath the administrations of prime ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair stated: “It’s too straightforward accountable different nations however the truth that Khurram Butt’s household originate from Pakistan is irrelevant to the grotesque and barbaric assaults he carried out in London on harmless peace-loving residents. For much too lengthy within the UK we have now typically appeared overseas to ascribe some sort of blame for the terrorist atrocities we have now needed to endure however sadly the reality is far nearer to residence. The stark actuality is that our challenges stem from and exist inside our personal nation, amongst our personal individuals, aided by trendy know-how.”
He continued: “On this age of immediate international communications and the web we all know that always the grooming and the brainwashing of people is carried out on-line, and it’s the huge international know-how corporations who’ve to simply accept a level of duty for permitting their platforms to be exploited to unleash terror in communities, areas, and nations all over the world. Within the case of Pakistan, the information converse for themselves; only a few nations have made the sacrifices and suffered the lack of life that tragically Pakistan has skilled. Pakistan’s battle towards extremism and terrorism has led to an enormous toll with thousand of Pakistan’s residents, armed forces, safety personnel and police being martyred and paying the last word worth.”
He warned towards linking terrorism and faith and challenged Muslims to do much more: “We should all the time keep in mind that evil exists in all walks of life – when Timothy McVeigh butchered 168 Americans in Oklahoma he didn’t symbolize Christianity in the identical means that these vile creatures who’ve killed in Manchester and London don’t characterize Islam. They each symbolize evil and evil has no faith. We have to be clear, these terrorists are usually not martyrs going to heaven however sinners going to hell and their actions are profoundly un-Islamic.”
Malik additionally praised British Muslims and mosques, lots of whom he stated had reported a number of the terrorists to the safety providers beforehand: “It’s value noting that many particular person British Muslims and certainly mosques reported a number of the terrorists in their very own neighbourhoods to the police through the years and by doing in order that they confirmed the true face of Islam a face of which we will all be proud.”
Mr Malik additionally referred to as for Muslim unity and resolve within the battle towards extremism: “In the present day Muslims the world over should unite in sending a robust message not simply by condemning extremism and terrorism however confronting it wherever it rears its evil head, whether or not that’s in our houses, in our outlets, our workplaces, our schools, on-line or in our mosques. Muslims usually are not liable for the actions of those depraved people however all of us have a duty to redouble our efforts not solely to save lots of harmless and valuable human lives however rescue our faith from the clutches of twisted people who comply with a very perverted interpretation of our lovely religion, Islam.”
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