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The Pakistani community of Badalona denies WikiLeaks terrorist accusations

“Our people have nothing to do with that activity and mentality”, affirmed the president of the Islamic community. WikiLeaks’ articles were picturing Catalonia as the main Yihadist area in Spain and were focusing on Badalona and the Pakistani community.

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13 December 2010 11:10 PM

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ACN / J. Pujolar

Badalona (ACN).- The Pakistani community of Badalona, in the Barcelona metropolitan area, regrets that the U.S. Embassy documents published by WikiLeaks tarnish the community\u2019s image, associating them with radical Islam and terrorism. According to the president of the Islamic centre Camí de la Pau (Path to the Peace), Muhammad Iqbal, \u201Cour people have nothing to do with that activity and mentality\u201D. He added that the leaked information published by WikiLeaks is \u201Chard to believe\u201D. \u201CI do not know what sources they have\u201D but Pakistanis living in Catalonia \u201Conly wish to live better\u201D, he explained.


The Pakistani community said this on Saturday after leaked documents from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid were published by WikiLeaks. The documents stated that \u201CSpanish and U.S. authorities have identified Catalonia as a major Mediterranean centre of radical Islamist activity\u201D. According to the documents, the U.S. is concerned about the \u201Cthe effervescent activity of Islamists\u201D in places such as Badalona.

Iqbal denied the allegations that Catalonia is a \u201Cmagnet for terrorist recruiters\u201D. He also denied that Pakistani and North African immigrants live \u201Con the margin of society\u201D, according to the leaked documents. Using very correct Catalan, he stated that \u201Cthe only barrier\u201D separating the Islamic Pakistani community from the local population is language. But he added that this is being overcome thanks to emergence of \u201Cmixed couples\u201D between immigrants and locals, among others.

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  • A street in Badalona's city centre (by ACN)

  • A street in Badalona's city centre (by ACN)