An Afghan resident in Scotland, who leases land near a British nuclear-warhead submarine base, has been ordered to vacate the area. The man is a committed supporter of the Taliban. Local residents notified the police of suspicious people who were allegedly appearing on his farm, reports Sky News.
The order is related to reports of suspicious behavior that was allegedly taking place in the area in recent weeks. It overlooks the HMNB Clyde base and the nearby naval barracks.
The farm’s tenant is Waheed Totakhyl, an Afghan living in Scotland since 2001 and head of the Scottish Afghan Association. Sky News reported about it already in early September, pointing to the discomfort that Afghan refugees have with the fact that aid in Scotland is being organized by a tough Taliban supporter.
Totakhyl does not hide his support for the Taliban – he claims that his brother is a Taliban commander in Kabul, that Afghanistan is safer than Europe since they took power, and in the past he publicly called for the killing of American soldiers.
On Friday, Sky News revealed that local residents had notified police of suspicious behavior on land leased by Totakhyla. They indicated, among other things, that on August 10, eight young men, Afghans, arrived at the farm in two cars from London, and after about 20 minutes they drove back. Totakhyl disputes that the incident took place, but admitted that he was visited two days later by supporters of former mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatiar.
– My friends from Birmingham, from London, are visiting me. This year they came only to visit me and talk about the situation in Afghanistan, explained Totakhyl to Sky News. When asked if he understood the concerns surrounding the meeting taking place near the military base, he replied, “Yes, but we did not have a meeting on Britain or Scotland.” We talked about Afghanistan, what will happen in Afghanistan and how we can help the people of Afghanistan from Great Britain. Regarding the lease of land, he said: – I rent because I like being a farmer and I like the weather … in Scotland.
These explanations did not convince the farm owner because, as Sky News reported on Sunday, in a letter sent on Friday, he ordered him to leave the area.
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