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Don't target any community: PM to UK


Posted: Jul 05, 2007 at 1717 hrs IST

In the backdrop of detention of two Indians in connection with the failed terror plots in the UK, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to his British counterpart Gordon Brown and assured him all possible help in investigations.

Disclosing this, Singh cautioned against dubbing anybody or any country as a terrorist, saying if any community is targeted, it would create ‘new sets of grievances’.

"It is wrong to label any community or country. We have to look for solutions," Singh said in the wake of two Indians being held for their suspected involvement in the failed terror plots of London and Brisbane.

"If a particular community is targeted, it will create a new set of grievances," the Prime Minister told a group of women journalists during an interaction.

"We should not fix labels like muslims or non- muslims. It won't help us in understanding the situation or dealing with it. It is very stereotype to classify a person," he said.

The Prime Minister suggested that even if any one Indian is suspected of terror linkages, all Indians could not be dubbed as terrorists.

"A terrorist is a terrorist and he has no religion or community", he said.

Singh said there are misguided youth in any society and this was not any community specific. "As a Sikh, I understand the trauma (of being labelled)," he said.

The comments came in the backdrop of two doctors hailing from Bangalore -- Mohd Haneef and Sabeel Ahmed -- being held in connection with the UK terror plot. While Haneef has been detained in Brisbane, Australia, Sabeel was held in Liverpool, UK.

The Prime Minister has been perturbed by the trauma expressed by Haneef's family and has virtually been sleepless after seeing his mother airing her pain.

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