UK plans stringent measures against extremist infiltration from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Indonesia: Report

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UK plans stringent measures against extremist infiltration from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Indonesia: Report

NEW DELHI: The UK government is drafting new plans to prevent hate preachers with extremist Islamist views from countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Indonesia from entering Britain, according to a UK media report
The British government is alarmed by a “shocking increase” in extremist activity. Officials are tasked with identifying the most dangerous extremists from abroad to include them on visa warning lists.The new proposals entail automatic refusal of entry to the UK for individuals listed, according to The Daily Telegraph report.
Days after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivered a passionate speech from the podium at 10 Downing Street in London, he cautioned that extremists posed a threat to the country’s democratic and multi-faith values.
“We will also act to prevent people entering this country whose aim is to undermine its values,” Sunak said in his speech on Friday.
“The home secretary has instructed that if those here on visas choose to spew hate on protests or seek to intimidate people we will remove their right to be here,” he said.
Sunak had also appealed to demonstrators taking to the streets of the country to protest against the Israel-Hamas conflict to ensure their actions are not hijacked by extremists.
“The time has now come for us all to stand together to combat the forces of division and beat this poison. We must face down the extremists who would tear us apart,” he said, warning that “Islamist extremists and the far right feed off and embolden each other”.
Thousands participated in another round of pro-Palestine protests on Saturday, resulting in 12 arrests by the Metropolitan Police in London for actions deemed to breach the peace.
Extremism has no place in our society and we will not tolerate tactics that set out to intimidate, threaten or cause disruption to the law-abiding majority,” a Home office spokesperson said.
“In recent months, we have also witnessed a small number of protestors display violent and hateful behaviour, and the police have our full support in tackling extremism and hate crime. We are considering the report’s recommendations extremely carefully and will respond in due course,” the spokesperson said.
(With inputs from agencies) SOURCE

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