Lashkar commander in Britain’s least-wanted list

May 5th, 2009 - 4:47 pm ICT by IANS  

By Dipankar De Sarkar
London, May 5 (IANS) A senior Lashar-e-Taiba operative is among 22 people who have recently been barred by Britain from entering its borders for fostering extremism or hatred, the country’s home ministry disclosed Tuesday.

Nasr Javed is said to be a Pakistan-based commander of Lashkar, the banned terrorist outfit that propagates Islamic rule across the world.

The group has been blamed for last year’s 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

The British government named 16 of the 22 people it says have been kept out in the past six months, with Home Minister Jacqui Smith saying “the public interest was against naming” the remaining six as it could reveal the type of information being held about them.

Apart from Nasr Javed, the list contains seven Islamic radicals - Dr Yunis Al Astal, Wadgy Mohamed Ghoneim, Abdul Ali Musa, Samid Al Quntar, Abdullah Qadri Al Ahdal, Safwat Hijazi and Amir Siddique.

Also on the list are American right-wing activists Shirley Phelps-Roper and her father Fred Phelps, who picket US soldiers’ funerals saying it is a punishment from God for US tolerance of gays.

Also banned are teenage Russian skinheads Artur Ryno and Pavel Skachevsky, former Ku Klux Klan ‘Grand Wizard’ Stephen ‘Don’ Black and neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe.

Far-right US talkshow host Mike Savage and Jewish radical Michael Guzofsky completed what was described by one newspaper as a “monster’s list.”

Smith said: “Coming to the UK is a privilege and I refuse to extend that privilege to individuals who abuse our standards and values to undermine our way of life.

“Therefore, I will not hesitate to name and shame those who foster extremist views as I want them to know that they are not welcome here.”

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