Scotland Yard has drawn up plans for a “safety foundation” which would identify extremists within Muslim communities across the UK and which could be up and running within six months. The project is the brainchild of Tarique Ghaffur, Britain’s most senior Muslim officer, who is an assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard. He suggests the foundation will identify and combat extremism and act as a thinktank analysing “the dynamics of disaffection”. The foundation would encourage greater Muslim “self-reporting” of potential terrorists and remove what Mr Ghaffur calls “the vulnerabilities around religious institutions”. It would also ask countries such as Pakistan to monitor young British Muslims travelling in groups. One aim would to be to “debrief some of these young people academically or theologically”.

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