Briefing the Kazakhstani parliament on May 11, National Security Committee (KNB) Deputy Chairman Nartay Dutbaev described the activities of foreign Islamic organizations in Kazakhstan. He alleged that certain “missionary” groups from Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have recently stepped up their efforts in Kazakhstan, focusing on four administrative regions: the South Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, Kyzylorda (all three in the south of the country) and Atyrau (the oil-producing region on the Caspian Sea). According to Dutbaev, some of those groups propagandize for the creation of an Islamic state in Kazakhstan, preach “Wahhabi” and other “fanatical ideas,” and “spread printed materials of an unconstitutional and extremist character.” The KNB, Dutbaev reported, is exerting efforts to contain those activities and has intercepted some of the “foreign missionaries” (Itar-Tass, May 11).
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