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Passion Islam I July 2008 NEWS I 19
Visa curbs ultimatum
New recruitment
targets 11 countries
to encourage
The UK is set to deliver an ultimatum to
British Muslims
11 African, Asian and South American
Military bosses plan to send serving
countries to address abuses of the
Muslims back into their communities
immigration system in six months or face
to encourage others to join the fight in
tough new visa restrictions. Opponents
of the Home Office plan have warned,
General Sir David Richards,
however, of the risk to relations with key
Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces,
trading partners and even undermining
revealed the move in an interview with
England’s bid to host the 2018 football
an internal Ministry of Defence journal.
World Cup.
He said: “There is an appreciation on
Areas of concern include overstaying,
and commercial”.
our part that the Army would be better
forgery and other crimes including drug
Relations with Malaysia are described as
getting more Muslims into our ranks.”
trafficking. The nations identified by the
“strong and deep – especially in areas of
He added: “I am looking to see if
review are Brazil, South Africa, Malaysia,
trade, investment, science and education”.
some of our Muslim troops can go back
Botswana, Bolivia, Venezuela, Trinidad &
There are 11,500 Malaysian students in
Tobago, Mauritius, Lesotho, Namibia and
UK universities. Richard Caborn, Gordon
into their communities to act as extra
Brown’s ‘sports czar’, said South Africa
Home Office ministers had planned
and Trinidad & Tobago were supporting
An MoD source revealed Bradford,
to announce curbs quickly but in a
England’s World Cup bid. “We have to
West Yorks, would be the first area
concession to the Foreign Office,
ensure there is good justification for doing
individual countries will be approached
this. This could be highly detrimental . . .
He said: “We already know there
through diplomatic channels and offered
I hope the government will not rush into
are many young men and women in
a grace period. Visa requirements, a key
it,” he said.
Bradford very keen to join up.”
measure of diplomatic relations, could
Liam Byrne, the immigration minister,
PARA Robin Jepp rushed home from
prompt tit-for-tat responses against UK
said this year the visa regime should
Afghanistan in combat gear to surprise
interests if tightened. Brazil is described
widen. The Home Office said: “Our
his mum Mary as she was ordained as
by the Foreign Office website as a “rapid
assessment for which countries need
a deacon at Ely Cathedral, Cambs —
emerging global player of great importance
visas is still ongoing.”
leaving desert sand on her robes when
he hugged her.
to British interests – economic, political
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