Telangana, Andhra Pradesh set to launch awareness campaign against Islamic State


The state minorities commission for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is set to launch an awareness campaign against Islamic State (IS) by getting on board the imams of several mosques across the two states. They aim to thwart the terror group’s efforts to lure youths.

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The commission will on Saturday hold a seminar, awareness programme and interactive session on “ISIS – Interpreting reality”, which would be attended among others by Imams of nearly 300 mosques from the two states, its chairman Abid Rasool Khan said.
“These guys (the imams) are going to listen to all (speeches by security and legal experts and religious scholars on perils of ISIS) and they will speak on the matter during Friday prayers in mosques. We will spread the word throughout the states,” Khan said.

At the event, the imams will discuss ways to “wean people off” violent and ultra conservative ideology of the terror group, and educate youth about the repercussions of getting involved in such activities.

Among the speakers will be a security expert on radicalisation, a scholar who has written a book on ISIS and an adviser to multi-national companies on cyber threat. Deputy chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Mohammed Mahmood Ali and K E Krishnamurty, respectively, and Telangana ome Minister Nayini Narasimha Reddy would also speak at the event.

“Muslim speakers would be speaking with reference to Quran…and how ISIS…jihad how they are trying to entice. They (Muslim scholars) are trying to break the myth,” he said. Nearly 100 principals of colleges where Muslim students are studying and 100-200 “concerned parents” would also be among the attendees.

The event is being organised against the backdrop of police in several states detaining men on suspicion of having links to IS or planning to join the outfit. Recently, NIA busted a module in Hyderabad whose members allegedly owed allegiance to ISIS.

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