ISIS failed in India despite large Muslim population: Rajnath

RSTV Bureau
Meerut: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses during a programme on the occasion of the 3rd anniversary of NDA government, in Meerut on May 29, 2017. PTI

Meerut: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses during a programme on the occasion of the 3rd anniversary of NDA government, in Meerut on May 29, 2017. PTI

India has the largest Muslim population in the world but ISIS had been unable to establish itself in the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday morning.

Singh was addressing a press conference in Delhi, giving a report card of his ministry on the completion of three years of the Narendra Modi government.

“India is the second largest country as far as Muslim population in the world is concerned. I can say with full responsibility that despite such a large population (of Muslims), the ISIS has not been able to set foot,” Singh said.

“There is improvement in the security situation in the country. We have been successful in countering the challenges posed by the ISIS,” the home minister added.

Singh also said that 90 ISIS sympathisers had been arrested across the country. He confirmed that ISIS and Ansar Ul Ammah have been included in the list of terrorist organisations.

“We have strived to provide security for the nation, with full responsibility,” he said.

While speaking about internal threats, the minister said that there has been a 25 per cent reduction in Naxal attacks in 2014-17 as compared to 2011-14  (UPA tenure).

He also said three years of NDA government had seen a 42 per cent reduction in deaths in Naxal attacks as compared to last three years of the UPA.

Singh also spoke about infiltration from Pakistan. He said there was 45 per cent reduction in infiltration from Pakistan in the six months post-surgical strike at the Line of Control in September last year as compared to the corresponding period previous year.

He again promised to put an end to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

(With inputs from PTI)