Muslims ousted from military units in Spain, India
Spain’s military has ousted three Muslim soldiers from its forces because of their radical views.
The El Pais newspaper said the soldiers were among 8,000 troops on the enclaves of Ceuta and Mililla on the North African coast. One was identified after he consulted an Islamic theologian on Al Jazeera television.
“"The call was recorded. These men questioned whether it was appropriate for Muslims to obey orders given by Christians. They were also trying to convert their fellow soldiers," a Defense Ministry source told the newspaper.
Spain has stepped up surveillance of Muslim troops in the enclaves.
Meanwhile, India’s intelligence service has restricted Muslims from its intelligence and security services.
News reports stated that almost no Muslims are members of the 10,000-member external intelligence agency and neither Muslim nor Sikhs are allowed to work as bodyguards for top leaders.
Muslims are not trusted by the security services because of fears they could collaborate with Pakistan’s predominantly Muslim state.
Outlook Magazine reported that no Muslims were recruited by the country's external spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), since 1969.
The domestic Intelligence Bureau (IB) has recruited Muslims since the 1990s but it has only a handful of Muslim officers.
The Special Protection Group (SPG) assigned to protect current and former prime ministers and their families also has no Muslims. “It is an unwritten rule in the SPG that they cannot recruit a Muslim or a Sikh,” one official said.