NHS doctor listed Arab military attaches for Islamists to ‘recruit’

Dr Imran Waheed

An NHS psychiatrist compiled a list of military attachés working in the embassies of Arab countries in London and distributed it to fellow members of an extremist Islamist organisation, The Telegraph can disclose.

There is no note with his email explaining why he gathered the names. But a source familiar with HT said: “There were a number of meetings where these names were discussed. These were people Hizb ut-Tahrir wanted to target and recruit.”

A book published by HT in Britain describes the importance of “seeking the support from those capable of removing the present authorities” in Islamic countries to establish and secure Islamic rule.

In the book, entitled The Method to Re-establish the Khilafah and Resume the Islamic Way of Life, the authors state: “The military would be capable of establishing the authority of Islam. Hence a coup d’etat would be the manifestation of the political change that the Islamic political party had inspired in the people.”

In the email, sent in 2006, Dr Waheed wrote in the message box that he had gathered the information using a website that allows access to old internet sites.v v The email contains the names of 21 senior military figures from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Turkey. The list includes some telephone numbers and email addresses.

Dr Waheed, a consultant psychiatrist at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust, was HT’s chief media adviser and one of its leading figures at the time.

Khalid Mahmood, a Labour MP who has campaigned against HT, said: “Why is a senior NHS doctor sending names in an email, other than to target them?”