Swamy: India must offer military support to Iraq

June 20, 2014 02:24 am | Updated November 16, 2021 06:45 pm IST - New Delhi:

As India grappled with the crisis pertaining to its nationals in Iraq — torn by strife between Sunnis and Shias — BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has urged the Government of India to offer military and economic support to Iraq and “stand with Shias in the emerging Shia-Sunni attrition war.”

“I urge the Modi government to offer military and economic support to Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri Al-Maliki,” Dr. Swamy said in a statement issued on Thursday prior to his departure to China.

“The Government of India must now formulate a policy to deal with the long-term issue arising from the imminent Sunni-Shia attrition war. The policy must make clear on which side the Indian government will be since the outcome of this attrition war has far-reaching consequences for India. Hence, we cannot be non-aligned in our enlightened national interests,” he said.

Within India, Dr. Swamy said, the Hindu-Shia amity had been cordial for decades. “Even on the issue of Babri Masjid demolition, the Shia Muttwali [hereditary supervisor] of the Babri Mosque has agreed to give up any claim to the disputed site in favour of building a Ram Temple on Ram Janma Bhoomi.”

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