TEHRAN, Dec. 12 (Press Shia Agency) –The Iranian intelligence minister said on Tuesday that religious extremism can result in terrorist acts saying that intellectuals must work together in national security arena.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Terrorism, Extremism and Regional Security in West Asia,’ on Tuesday, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi said that both soft and hard security is the prime duty of all security agencies, but that the whole government apparatus must work coordinately and be also in touch with intellectuals in that regard as well.

Stating that religious extremism can lead to unreasonable measures, the intelligence minister stated ‘we have seen extremist movements of Sikhs in India that led to Gandhi’s assassination, Buddhist extremist movements in Myanmar, and so on,” adding “the roots of terrorism must be studied.”

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