Indons ban ISIS as against pluralism
Indonesia has banned the militant movement Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or Islamic State as it now calls itself, because its teachings “goes against the ideology of Pancasila, the unitary Indonesian nation-state and pluralism”, the Jakarta Globe reported.
“Every attempt to promote ISIS should be prevented, Indonesia should not be the place to spread [this ideology],” said Djoko Suyanto, coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, came after a limited cabinet meeting about ISIS led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
He said that ISIS should not be understood as a religious movement, but as an ideology that runs counter to Indonesia’s state ideology of Pancasila. Police and Counterterrorism officials would lead the law enforcement effort against ISIS activities in Indonesia.
The minister urged Indonesians not to join the fighting in the Middle East but to give support in the form of humanitarian aid and diplomacy. “Let’s not get influenced, and not be easily provoked to join ISIS,” Djoko said.