Britain's MI-5 launches Urdu web site

May 26, 2005 at 12:50 PM
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LONDON, May 26 (UPI) -- Britain's MI-5 security service has launched a translation of its Web site in the Urdu language.

The initiative is designed to attract people in the British Pakistani community, where Urdu is widely spoken, The Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

On the Web site, Urdu speakers are told how they can help MI-5 with useful information. They can also browse the Web site to see if they want a job in the security service.

"In protecting all members of (United Kingdom) society from threats to national security, the security service needs to recruit people from across all the communities it serves," the Web site said. "The service relies heavily on public assistance and support to do its work effectively."

Last year, MI-5 published a section in Arabic on its Web site called How You Can Help, in what it described as a move "to build on the cooperation of the Muslim community." It will later be translated into Hindi.

The Web site said MI-5 wanted to recruit people from different ethnic minority communities. It is particularly keen to talk to people who speak Sorani, Arabic, North African Arabic, Urdu, Gujrati, Bengali, Fujianese, Tamil, Turkish, Farsi and Pashtu, The Guardian said.

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