In an affidavit in the Delhi High Court, the Union Home Ministry said that "allowing any sect to take part in the conflict in Iraq or Syria would have repurcussions on other sects in India. This could directly result in sectarian conflict within India, which is not in the interest of the nation."
It said the visit of a six-member delegation of Anjuman- e-Haideri (AeH), which was disallowed from going to Iraq, "was primarily meant to discuss modalities of sending registered volunteers to protect holy shrines in Iraq."
"Indian citizens cannot be permitted to go to a foreign country with a declared objective of taking part in any conflict in such foreign countries as the safety and security of such persons would be at stake and it would adversely impact friendly relations with foreign countries.
"Allowing an Indian to go to another country to take part in a conflict (which amounts to taking part in terrorist activities) would lead to the allegation that Indian government is promoting terrorism in other countries," the Home Ministry's affidavit said.
The affidavit was filed by MHA in response to a plea by advocate Mehmood Pracha who had questioned the government's decision to issue a Look Out Circular (LOC) against him to prevent him from travelling to Iraq to do relief work and oppose ISIS activities there.
The MHA said the activities of the religious organisation AeH, of which Pracha is a member, in "attempting to mobilise members of a particular sect of the community in India to participate in a conflict in a foreign country are in absolute contravention of the law and stated policy of the country".

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