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Terror has no basis in any religion: Naidu

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

said today that has no basis in any religion of the world and called for concerted action by all countries to deal with the menace.

He said the biggest challenge to the world order is

"Unfortunately, some people are clothing terror in the garb of religion but, in fact, has no basis in any religion of the world and is being misused by people," said while delivering a valedictory address at the first PIO Parliamentary Conference here.

He said it was imperative to combat the "disruptive" forces of terrorism that were impeding development and all countries must recognise it as a threat to humanity and take concerted action to curb it.

Without taking Pakistan's name, said some countries believe in aiding, abetting and funding terrorism.

Referring to Modi's unscheduled visit to in 2015, Naidu said had taken steps to normalise ties with but that did not yielded any results.

Referring to controversial comments made by some political leaders, Naidu said the country disapproves of it.

"Some people may talk out of turn but that should not be seen as a collective will of the people. That is not the line of This country and land do not tolerate such statements," he said.

Addressing the PIO lawmakers from 24 countries, Naidu said recognises the strategic partnership with the diaspora.

He said has the second largest diaspora in the world estimated at over 31 million spread across the globe whose ancestral roots can be traced to traders, indentured labourers, political deportees, business entrepreneurs among others.

"Far away from their homes, our brothers and sisters underwent a prolonged period of trial and tribulations, indignities and physical and mental sufferings. Long journeys in ships were extremely difficult and painful. Despite all these suffering and challenges, the evolution of the diaspora is remarkable," he said.

said the PIO- Parliamentary Conference has broken ground in further diversifying the engagement with the Indian diaspora and this will help open new vistas of establishing regular dialogues and exchanges of visits and views with PIO lawmakers.

"Though we profess different religions, colour of our passports are also different, our ancestors came from different regions and our mother tongue and practises are also different. Yet, we are Indians are heart (Phir bhi Dil hain Hindustani).

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 23:15 IST