LAHORE - Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has asked the Western world to put an end to killing of innocent people in the name of war against terrorism. He said that if any organisation or group was indulging in terrorism and militancy in the name of Islam in any part of the world, it was an individual act, which had nothing to do with Islam.

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He said that terrorism in the name of the great faith represented negation of Islamic teachings and shared values of humanity.

According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, Dr Qadri expressed these views while addressing participants at the global peace and unity festival at Excel Centre in London. The festival was attended by renowned religious scholars, opinion makers, community leaders and politicians from across the world. Renowned Qura and Naat Khawans of international standing took part in the event.

On the occasion, Qadri said the perpetrators of such crimes as terrorism and militancy should be brought to justice, adding in the same breath that the un-Islamic acts of certain groups and individuals should not be used as an excuse to punish and persecute innocent people. He said that it was responsibility of the Muslim world to take steps for imparting correct and original Islamic education to the youth so that they could not fall prey to indoctrination and propaganda of the extremists and terrorists.