1 in 3 Brit Muslims students back ‘killing for Islam’, 40 % want Sharia law: Wikileaks

December 22nd, 2010 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 22 (ANI): The whistleblower website ‘Wikileaks’ has revealed the outcome of a 2009 poll in the secret US diplomatic cables, saying that 32 percent of Muslim students in 30 universities across the UK believe killing in the name of religion is justified, while 40 percent want Muslims in the country to be under the Sharia law.

The Daily Mail quoted a cable from January 2009 as saying that the survey, which was conducted on 600 Muslim and 800 non-Muslim students, also found that found 54 percent wanted a Muslim party to represent their worldview in the Parliament.

The cable suggests increasing radicalisation among Britain’s young Muslims.

According to another U.S. cable, dated February 5 2009, reaching out to Britain’s Muslim community was a ‘top priority’ for U.S. embassy staff.

“Although people of Muslim faith make up only 3 to 4 percent of the UK’s population, outreach to this key audience is vital to U.S. foreign policy interests in the UK and beyond. … This is a top Mission priority,” the paper quoted the cable, as saying.

The February cable outlined a plan ‘engagement and community capacity-building’ to counter the possible growth of ‘violent extremism’ in the UK. (ANI)

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