Hate cleric says terrorists can enter UK in 101 different waysApril 11th, 2009 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr.11 (ANI): A UK-based Islamic hate cleric has said that the Gordon Brown Government’s crackdown on visa regulations is meaningless because terrorists have “101 ways to enter the country”.
Anjem Choudary, a former right-hand man to firebrand preacher Omar Bakri, said there was an influx of people from the Indian subcontinent to Britain, many of whom were angry about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“To say we would stop attacks with background checks is wrong because al-Qaeda are already three steps ahead of this,” he said.
Terrorists in Britain are becoming increasingly skilled at evading border controls, the country’s immigration minister admitted yesterday.
Phil Woolas warned of the danger posed by “clean skins” - suspects unknown to the security services - as he defended the UK’s immigration system after ten of the 12 men arrested for an alleged terror plot were found to have entered the UK on dubious
“This is a big and very dangerous battle we are waging,” he added.
Professor Paul Wilkinson, a terrorism expert from St Andrews University, said banning students from Pakistan would be an own goal.
He said potential al-Qaeda militants needed to be won over on a “hearts and minds” basis.
Prof Wilkinson said: “The UK has a long-standing reputation for welcoming genuine, legitimate students from many countries and it is of great assistance to Britain’s position internationally that we have so many people in key positions in lots of countries who have benefited from an education here.
“Pakistan has the most serious problems of many kinds. Stability there is a major objective, and we should be quietly assisting the Pakistani government in achieving this.” (ANI)
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