Muslim leaders in Britain have warned that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s calls for the burqa to be banned in France risk fuelling hostility towards Islam.Â
Muslims go apeshit over proposed burka ban:
LUCKNOW: The Islamic seminary of Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband is contemplating a fatwa against buying goods made in France to protest the anti-burqa comments of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.Â
Mufti Maulana Arshad Faruqui of Dar-ul-Ufba, the fatwa department of the seminary, said it would also call for a boycott of Sarkozy. “If necessary, an edict may be issued to all followers ordering them to shun French merchandise,” Maulana Faruqui said.Â
He said the comment was “one of the most shameful chapters of the mankind”. By labelling burqa, ‘naqab’ or ‘purdah’ as a symbol of female subjugation, the French president has “violated” the law of his own country, which guarantees its citizens the right to practice their religion unhindered, he added.Â
“The utterances are an evil ploy aimed at bringing disrepute to France.” Faruqui said the statement delivered in the French parliament reeks of a “conspiracy against Christianity too” as even Virgin Mary has always been painted or sculpted with her head covered.
- Not to worry. India’s Koranimals are lousy customers for French wine or Louis Vuitton handbags anyway…
Netherlands: Jihadist threat remains “substantial”; Hizb ut-Tahrir collaborating with Dutch Islamic student group
An obvious understatement: Hizb ut-Tahrir “potentiallyÂ also has the opportunity to promote its polarising and activist message in Dutch higher education.” Dealing with HuT’s presence — or potential presence — on Dutch campuses should be a much more urgent priority than this report implies it is. Many campus groups have “polarizing and activist messages.” HuT’s isÂ decidedly more virulent.
“Terrorist Threat for Netherlands Remains ‘Substantial’,” fromÂ NIS News, June 23 JW:
CPI (Maoist) joined ranks with Ulfa and SIMI and lesser known entities such as Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council of Meghalaya, Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup of Manipur and Akhil Bharat Nepali Ekta Samaj, which though virtually unheard of are considered deadly enough by the government to be designated as terrorist organisations.Â
Of the seven transnational terror groups, only two â€”al-Qaida and LTTE â€” are truly global names. The other five are Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Harkatul Mujahideen, Al Badr, Jamat-ul-Mujahid and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) which are all Pakistan based terror outfits fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir.Â
“I am not surprised that we have so many local terror groups,” said Prakash Singh, former director-general of Border Security Force (BSF). “Since Independence we have seen the rise of a new terrorist movement in every decade, whether it be the Naxals, militants in Punjab, terrorists in the North East or in J&K. It is failure of governance that has led to this situation,” Singh said.Â
Going by number of organisations that other countries currently designate as terrorist, they too feel threatened by a number of groups. But none of them have as many home grown extremist groups as India does. The list runs into more than 40 in both US and Canada but includes only international names such as Hezbollah, Hamas, FARC, Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional, Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) etc â€” none of which operate directly on their soil.Â
Amongst developed countries, only UK has a significant number of terror groups breeding close to home in form of nine Irish militias such as the Ulster Freedom Fighters and the Irish Republican Army.