UK: Anti-Democracy Group Hizb ut-Tahrir Calls for Overthrow of Pakistan Government
In London on May 9, 2010, the anti-democracy organization Hizb ut-Tahrir called for Pakistanis to reject the Pakistan government as “traitors,” and called for Pakistanis to support the creation of a global extremist caliphate. Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Dr. Abdul Wahid called for the Paksitani people to support a “re-establishment of the Khilafat, an obligation from Islam.”
The British Hizb ut-Tahrir organization also condemned U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks as a “farce” that there would be “severe consequences” if the planned NYC car bomb plot was established to have been planned from within Pakistan. The anti-democracy Hizb ut-Tahrir organization once again blamed terrorist attacks within Pakistan on the United States. The anti-democracy Hizb ut-Tahrir organization also stated that the Pakistan government showed “open contempt for the blood and honour of our people.”
According to Hizb ut-Tahrir, “The event was chaired by Atif Salahuddin from Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Pakistan Committee and was addressed by Dr Abdul Wahid, Chair of the Executive Committee Hizb ut -Tahrir Britain, Qasim Ali, Chair of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain’s Pakistan Committee and Community leader Mushtaq Raja from Walthamstow. ”
Hizb ut-Tahrir is an extreme group that is opposed to democracy and religious freedom, has called for the killing of Jews, has called for whipping of homosexuals and stonings to combat AIDS, has reportedly called for the murder of a university official in Bangladesh, and in July distributed pamphlets in Chicago’s Oak Lawn suburb calling for the “death penalty” for those who leave Islam. Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international organization that according to a former member Ed Husain, Hizb ut-Tahrir calls for an “expansionist, violent, totalitarian Islamist state.” According to BBC and the Daily Telegraph, Hizb ut-Tahrir has been linked to calls for killing Jews and Hindus, radicalizing individuals to become suicide bombers, and according to the New Statesman has been linked to high-level terrorists.
In December 2009, Hizb ut-Tahrir American had a similar event in the Chicago area, making the same arguments about Pakistan.
In July 2009, a London Times report “British Islamists plot against Pakistan” on British members of Hizb ut-Tahrir stated that UK members had been incited to go to Pakistan to seek to influence Pakistan military members and others to instigate a “coup” against the current Pakistan government. The London Times report described how Hizb ut-Tahrir members’ “aim was to subject Muslim and western countries to Islamic rule under sharia law, ‘by force’ if necessary”… where ” ‘every woman would have to cover up’ and stoning to death for adultery and the chopping off of thieves’ hands would be the law, he said.” The London Times report added that Hizb ut-Tahrir aims of “Islamic rule would be spread through ‘indoctrination’ and by ‘military means’ if non-Muslim countries refused to bow to it. ‘Waging war’ would be part of the caliphate’s foreign policy.”
Those seeking to be involved in violent Violent Extemism have been drawn to Pakistan, with five Americans from the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC arrested in Pakistan last week; according to CBS News, they sought to promote “jihad.” Hizb ut-Tahrir Pakistan’s manifesto calls for all male children at age 15 to get military “Violent Extemism training” (page 37).
In December 2009, a major United Kingdom university stopped the Hizb ut-Tahrir from using public university facilities for a debate. On December 10, BBC reported that attempts by the Hizb ut-Tahrir to hold a public event at Queen Mary College was canceled once the media reported about them. In their report BBC stated about Hizb ut-Tahrir that “A leaflet displayed on its website once urged Muslims to ‘kill [Jews] wherever you find them’.” A spokesman for Student Rights told BBC that “Hizb ut-Tahrir speakers have been known to condone suicide bombings and support Islamist movements which undertake terrorist acts such as Islamic Violent Extemism.”
In July 2009, Hizb ut-Tahrir America held an event at a Chicago suburban Oak Lawn Illinois Holiday Inn attacking democracy, promoting extremism, and distributing pamphlets calling for the “death penalty” for those who commit the “treason” of leaving Islam (pamphlet pages 62 and 67). [This pamphlet “‘Islamic Reformation’ – Exposing the battle for hearts and minds” continues to be distributed by Hizb ut-Tahrir, through its “official” web site Khilafah.com, linked to Hizb ut-Tahrir America’s website promoting the December 20 event in Lombard, Illinois.]
Local Chicago media reported on the July 2009 Hizb ut-Tahrir event, as did national media such as FOX News, interviewing Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)‘s Jeffrey Imm on the subject on July 19 and July 20. R.E.A.L.’s Jeffrey Imm led an all-day, pro-democracy protest to Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Oak Lawn event, which drew between 30 and 50 attendees.
Muslims such as Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), reject the extremist, anti-democratic message of Hizb ut-Tahrir as a “Violent Extremist indoctrination group.” In AIFD’s comments regarding Hizb ut-Tahrir America’s July 2009 event in the Chicago Oak Lawn suburb, AIFD stated that:
“Hizb ut-Tahrir is an Islamist network that is committed to creating an Islamic Caliphate that spans the globe. The organization is banned in Germany and Russia as well as several Arab countries and targets Muslim children between the ages of 9 and 18. Many compare their efforts to organizations like the Hitler Youth. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is counted among their alumnus.”
Dr. Jasser stated that “Hizb ut-Tahrir preaches an ideology that calls for the destruction of the principles that America is founded on.”
Others reported on the July 2009 Chicago Hizb ut-Tahrir event including the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), led by former CNN analyst Steven Emerson, with reports stating “Anti-Semitic, Anti-Christian Propaganda on Display at Caliphate Conference,” and “Hizb Ut-Tahrir: Shariah Takes Precedence over U.S. Constitution.”
BBC television broadcast on its Panorama television show on the Hizb ut-Tahrir, interviewing a British “influential Muslim figure” who stated about Hizb ut-Tahrir to BBC: “I believe that if Hizb ut-Tahrir are not stopped at this stage and we continue to let them to politicize and pollute the youngsters’ minds and other gullible peoples minds, that what will happen in effect is that these terrorism acts and these suicide bombings that we hear going on around us in foreign countries, we will actually start seeing these incidents happening right outside our doorsteps.”
At the November 11, 2007 Islamic Human Rights Commission event, anti-democracy Hizb ut-Tahrir leader Dr Abdul Wahid spoke. The Islamic Human Rights Commission works at the United Nations as an NGO. Wikipedia reports on IHRC: The group is based in London and was established in 1997. The organization, since 2007, has consultative status with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) supports our unqualified, universal human rights for all. We urge Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters to drop the burden of the hate ofextremism from their hearts, and to rejoin the family of humanity in support of our universal human rights.
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