ISLAM SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR POLITICAL AND EXTREMIST PURPOSES - TAJIK PRESIDENT

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DUSHANBE, November 6 (RIA Novosti) - Speaking at a solemn ceremony on the eve of the Day of the Constitution of the Republic of Tajikistan, which the republic celebrates on Saturday, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov stated that Islam should not be used for political and extremist purposes.

"Islam should not be used by some groups to attain their selfish political and extremist goals," the president said.

In his opinion, the use of religious organizations to attain political and extremist goals harms religion in the first place and contradicts its true purpose.

Mr. Rakhmonov underlined that "the state has the right to impose legal obstacles on the way of any extremist organization or group, domestic or international, which abuse religious purposes."

The Tajik President emphasized that religion and religious ties between people are a private matter. Article 30 of the Tajik Constitution clearly forbids the propaganda of hatred and dissention on the basis of social, nationalistic, religious and language differences.

He also proposed to create an international center for the fight against transnational crime and terrorism.

"In the current global situation we must protect our citizens from global challenges and threats, primarily, from terrorism, extremism an narcotics; we must guarantee real security and decent living conditions for them," Mr. Rakhmonov stated.

"At present, the world community must join its efforts in the fight against these challenges, because terrorist organizations present a clear and present danger to the world in the beginning of the 21st century," the Tajik president emphasized. In his opinion, all countries must participate in the development of a common document on the fight against the above-mentioned threats.

"In order to fulfill this task effectively, the global community has to create an international center for the fight against transnational crime and terrorism," said the head of the Tajik State.

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