Britain moves to ban Pakistani Taliban under terror law

By AFP
Published: January 18, 2011

Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May introduced the order making it illegal to belong to or raise funds for the organization in Britain.

LONDON: Britain has moved to ban the Pakistani Taliban as a terrorist group, making it illegal to belong to or raise funds for the organization in Britain, the government said on Tuesday.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is the group most influenced by al Qaeda and is the main militant alliance based in northwestern Pakistan, focusing on attacking the Pakistani state, which it considers illegitimate.

Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May introduced the order, which needs legislative approval, in parliament on Monday and it will be debated later this week. The order would ban Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan under the British Terrorism Act.

“Proscription is a tough but necessary power to tackle terrorism and is not a course of action we take lightly,” said a statement from May whose order states she believes the group “is concerned in terrorism”.

“Proscription means that membership of Tehreek-i-Taliban will become a criminal offence, and the organization will not be able to lawfully operate in the UK, including by raising funds.”

Last year, the group threatened attacks on the United States and Europe.

It also claimed responsibility for an attack last July in Mohmand, a Pashtun region on Pakistan’s northwestern border with Afghanistan which killed 102 people and wounded at least 80.

Last October, a Pakistani intelligence official said a British man killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan had ties with a Pakistani-born US citizen who tried to set off a car bomb in New York’s busy Times Square in May.

The official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters the Briton, Abdul Jabbar, had also been in the process of setting up a branch for the Taliban in Britain.

Forty-six groups considered by Britain to be international terrorist organizations are banned under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Jan 18, 2011 - 6:21PM

    I am wondering why did it took them 6 years in deciding about the ban?Recommend

  • Syed Kashif Rizvi
    Jan 18, 2011 - 7:11PM

    I appreciate to ban TTP and all other organizations who are supported to talibans where ever they are in the world…Recommend

  • Wowem
    Jan 18, 2011 - 9:04PM

    So terribly proper of the British. Even mass murderers like these TTP hooligans are allowed to operate freely for so many years. Rule of law, even when it comes to the utterly and brutally lawless. Well done Britain! Now, look further and strip any dangerous mullahs you find in the U.K of his citizenship and ship them off to N.Waziristan to embrace a horrid death at the hands of the valiant defenders of Pakistan or a good drone.Recommend

  • abdullah
    Jan 19, 2011 - 11:43AM

    wonder y it took so long to impose this ban…………what kind of law was that which stopped them for years ……better change the lawRecommend

  • Man with Sanity
    Jan 20, 2011 - 11:29AM

    If they move to ban Taliban-mindset, half the population of Pakistan will be deprived from entering UK.Recommend

  • Sohail
    Jan 21, 2011 - 12:26AM

    Too little, too late…

    A wholesale DEPORTATION program against hate mongering clergy should also be introduced. The curse of religious extremism cannot be uprooted as long as the ‘milder’ variant has legal protection… It’s as absurd as trying to restrict only the high THC yield marijuana while allowing a free and unrestricted plantation of hemp for fiber. It ain’t happenin’ folks… Use AGENT ORANGE if you must, but for crying out loud, get rid of this weed.Recommend

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