Stop labeling terrorists as Islamists’: Inu

DHAKA, Dec 21, 2016 (BSS) - Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu today suggested global community to treat terrorists and Muslims separately and urged national governments as well as the media to cease labeling terrorists as Islamists.

"Some misguided fanatics are resorting to acts of terrorism in the name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and does not endorse terrorism," the minister said while addressing at the inaugural session of 11th Islamic Conference of Information Ministers (ICIM) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Inu said different quarters have been using the term 'Islamist Terrorist' that has tainted the image of Islam, according to a message received here. He urged governments and other statutory entities of the world to abandon misusing the term Islamists' as a prefix to Terrorists'.

Chair of the 11th ICIM and Saudi Arabian Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al Toraifi endorsed Inu's proposal immediately.

Inu also placed an 11-point proposal in the conference to encounter terrorism and 'Islamophobia' through traditional and new media.

The key proposals from Inu include: involving Islamic scholars and religious leaders to raise voice against terrorism, launching mass media campaigns by the governments, issuing quick condemnations from Muslim majority nations against terror acts anywhere, highlighting Islam's message of inclusiveness for rest of the world, formulating 'OIC Policy on New Media and Cyber Safety', and holding more inter-faith dialogues.

Inu voiced his high hopes and said a concerted effort from OIC members would be able to harness New Media's power to preach the slogan- 'Islam means Peace. And terrorism is not Zihad'.

The information minister also recalled the memories of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his attendance at the second OIC Summit in 1974. He said Bangladesh was ready to share and exchange digitalization experiences with other OIC member states.

Additional Secretary Saraf Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Permanent Representative to OIC Dr. Md. Nazrul Islam and Senior Information and PR Officer of the Ministry of Information Mir Akram Uddin Ahammad were present.

After the two-day conference, preceded by two-day senior officials meeting, the minister is expected to return Dhaka on 24 December.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) National News Agency of Bangladesh