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The Foreigner US feared terrorism from Pakistani-Norwegians. American representatives in Oslo detected potential extremist behavior among Pakistani Norwegians as early as 2007, according to a leaked US cable. Officials in Oslo urged the US Government to run information campaigns among young Muslims in Norway about American culture, believing that a threat of terrorism acts could emerge from the isolated, marginalized Pakistani-Norwegians. Pakistanis in Norway showed “signs of radicalism” and represented a “possible risk for home-grown terrorism,” Aftenposten’s ‘Wikileaked’ document shows.

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US feared terrorism from Pakistani-Norwegians

Published on Thursday, 17th February, 2011 at 10:36 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

American representatives in Oslo detected potential extremist behavior among Pakistani Norwegians as early as 2007, according to a leaked US cable.



“Home-grown terrorism?”

Officials in Oslo urged the US Government to run information campaigns among young Muslims in Norway about American culture, believing that a threat of terrorism acts could emerge from the isolated, marginalized Pakistani-Norwegians.

Pakistanis in Norway showed “signs of radicalism” and represented a “possible risk for home-grown terrorism,” Aftenposten’s ‘Wikileaked’ document shows.

The official supports his allegation by looking at the arrest of Afran Bhatti, “who is on trial for allegedly planning attacks against the US and Israeli embassies in the summer of 2006,” and “the reaction in Norway to the release of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban, the so-called caricature controversy.”

The cable highlights that there is generally higher unemployment and lower wages amongst the Pakistani community than both the national and the immigrant’s average job level, and they are frustrated over the few job opportunities they have.

“Pakistani Norwegians complain that the Norwegian job market is closed to them, forcing many to take up poorly paid service positions (taxi drivers for example) or to work at Pakistani-owned businesses where the salaries are lower and the opportunity for advancement is limited,” reads the document.

Frustrations

In addition, Pakistani women are largely unemployed, mainly because they are spouses brought from Pakistan, and do not know Norwegian.

The US official’s notes claim young Pakistani Norwegians also join gangs because they lack education, and are marginalized by the working environment,.

“The frustrations that non-western immigrants face in being accepted and integrated in Norway may offer a stimulus to fanaticism,” he writes.

At the time of the cable, Norwegian police dismissed the possibility Pakistani-Norwegians represent terrorist threats, but do not exclude the option of such danger coming from outsiders.

However, “Pakistani community leaders downplay the risk of fanaticism despite clear indications that the Norwegian Pakistani population is having difficulties in assimilating and apparent conflict between Pakistani culture and Norwegian mores,” the document reads.

With 95 percent of all marriages during the past ten years taking place between Pakistanis, no available Norwegian public school in the area they inhabit, known as 'Little Norway', and few career opportunities, Pakistani-Norwegians are highly segregated and vulnerable to radicalization, concludes the US official.



Published on Thursday, 17th February, 2011 at 10:36 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: pakistani-norwegians, usembassy, oslo, wikileaks.





  
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