UK PM Candidate Rishi Sunak lays out bold plans to combat Islamist extremism.
NRI Herald Australia, 04 September 2022
UK Prime Ministerial candidate Rishi Sunak promised to crack down on Islamist extremism, the UK's most "significant terror threat," by broadening the government's definition of extremism and strengthening existing terrorism legislation.
Mr. Sunak, who is reducing the lead on opposition player Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in the polls, has promised to weed out extremist organizations and start focusing on the "floundering" Protect program, a government device designed to combat Islamist religious fundamentalism. The Ready4Rishi team revealed their "ambitious plans" to combat Islamist extremism.
On Wednesday, British-Indian prime ministerial candidate Rishi Sunak pledged a crackdown on Islamist extremism, the UK’s most “significant terror threat”, with a widened government definition of extremism and strengthening existing terrorism legislation.
The 42-year-old former Chancellor, who is seen closing the gap with opponent Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in the race to 10 Downing Street, also vowed to weed out organizations that promote extremism in the UK and refocus the “failing” Prevent program, a government tool intended to tackle Islamist extremism.
“There is no more important duty for a Prime Minister than keeping our country and our people safe,” said Sunak, on the campaign trail to win Conservative Party members’ votes.
The election of the next British Prime Minister, to be decided by Conservative Party members between former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, has indeed been postponed following a warning from the nation's secret agents that cybercriminals could alter members' ballots.
The Ready4Rishi campaign team released details of what has been dubbed as “ambitious plans” to tackle Islamist extremism and protect the UK from terrorism.
“Rishi will refocus the failing Prevent program onto the UK’s most significant terror threat – Islamist extremism and widen the government’s definition of extremism to encompass those who vilify our country,” the statement said.
“By far and away, the single largest terror threat to the UK’s national security is Islamist extremism, but the organization tasked with preventing terrorism in the UK is failing on this front. Islamist extremists make up roughly 80 per cent of live counter-terrorism investigations and 68 percent of all extremists in prison, but only 22 percent of Prevent referrals and Channel cases,” the statement noted as reported by Indian Express