'Social responsibility is must to curb terrorism'

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New Delhi, Jun 1: Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal today said tougher laws alone could not curb terrorism, but the support of people who understood their social responsibilty, was also needed to fight the scourge. Speaking at a World Conference on Terrorism - National and International, organised by Jama Masjid United Forum, the minister said, terrorism had undoubtedly spread across the world, posing a major threat to the economies, but at the same, it was also true that the toughest laws had failed to stamp it out.

''Framing more laws to check voilence is no solution,'' he said, adding, ''the people will now have to carry out their social responsibility of creating a peaceful world. People should be more vigilant. The innocent ones who are easy targets of terrorists should be educated about their vulnerability.'' Mr Sibal said the problem of terrorism should be tackled like that of an HIV virus. ''The world over trend is that the poor and innocent are targeted by the terrorist. There should be an awareness drive to educate the masses on how to bring about peace. The effort has to be generated within the society and we have to link fight and the menace of terrorism in a big way,'' he added.

Mr Sibal said nations should not gain political motives in the name of terrorism. The issue should not be used for political gains, he said.

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