Terrorism is simply a point of view, which is hard to define. The world around us is adding to the gravity of situation by mixing up terrorism and extremism and by further tagging it with Muslims. As far as Islam is concerned, it is simply a philosophy based on moderation and self-control rejecting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Its message circles around the rational principles of human dignity and human welfare. The Holy Quran offers a code of life which guides its followers to the path of tolerance and peace. A person involved in any act of terrorism can never be a true Muslim. If the Muslims were the terrorists, they would have never targeted their own people in the countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. If we cast a look at the list of people who suffered at the hands of terrorists during the last ten years, we would find thousands of Muslims and a very few of non-Muslims in the list. However sometimes extremism develops into a severe reaction in response to suppression and maltreatment continued in the name of religious exploitation. All the people and groups who stood up against USA appeared on the surface actually as a reaction to its unjust global policies. Same is the case with the people of the Indian occupied Kashmir who have challenged Indian aggression and occupation. For more than six decades they have been facing the worst situation of human rights violations at the hands of the Indian oppressors. They are so powerless that even the UN resolutions could not help them out of their troubles. In their own territory, they are leading a life more miserable than those of slaves. If they protest, they are labelled as terrorists. What else should they do, whom they should ask for help? There must be a very clear line of demarcation between terrorism and extremism, between suppression and protest. All protesters are not terrorists and all terrorists are not Muslims; but sometimes it happens that the suppressed ones start looking towards fighting for their rights. The world peace-makers must not forget this reality. PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER, Multan, March 2.