Hizb ut-Tahrir debates with Pakistan’s ruling party (PPP) in the UK
Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain engaged in vibrant community events across the UK last weekend where it debated with the ruling PPP’s UK representatives and where Pakistan’s High Commissioner failed to turn up to the much awaited open public debate. Mazhar Khan, member of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Manchester, challenged the Manchester PPP representative to explain why the PPP government had allowed the continuous violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. Pakistan Committee member of Hizb ut-Tahrir Mehboob Ali also challenged the PPP representative at this month’s Muslim Question Time in Tooting, London to explain why the PPP government was slavishly following an American dictated foreign policy? The crowd in both Manchester and Tooting reacted angrily when the PPP representatives either stonewalled or claimed that they had won free and fair elections and were entitled to rule as they saw fit!
Hizb ut-Tahir also held an open public debate forum in Walthamstow, London to which the Pakistan High Commissioner Mr Wajid Shamsul Hassan was invited to attend and take questions from the Pakistani community. As widely expected, he failed to show up – much to the ridicule and anger of the local community. Atif Salahuddin, part of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Pakistan Committee in the UK, condemned the absence by saying that Shamsul Hassan had a lot to defend and everything to hide which was why he did not even have the courage to show up. Atif said it is clear that those who talk about ‘civil society’ and ‘the rule of law’ have the most to hide from the daylight of truth when they are exposed.
Local community leader Mushtaq Raja addressed the gathering saying that it was absolutely clear that both Pakistan’s civilian and military leaderships had betrayed the people by fully co-operating with the American raid in Abbottabad. Mushtaq sahib said that a dangerous game was being played by the rulers where they were attempting to portray the Pakistani military as weak and attempting to open a gulf between the people and the army. Mushtaq sahib said that the Pakistani military had all the capability to defend the country from the American attacks but the political will was missing.
Imam Qaiser in his address said that he had many questions which he wanted to put to the High Commissioner: why was his government continuing to betray the people by working with America? Why did the rulers allow the release of Raymond Davis? How many visas have been issued to CIA personnel? How many bases does America have inside Pakistan? Why do both the civilian and military leaderships continue to sacrifice the people of Pakistan by allowing the American drone strikes?
Mehboob Ali said it is clear that Pakistan’s rulers have no real answer to Hizb ut-Tahrir’s political challenge or to Pakistan’s mounting problems. He said the time has come to not only remove these corrupt rulers but also the corrupt secular system, which uses both democracy and military rule to secure the interests of the colonialists. Ali said that the administration Hizb ut-Tahrir worked to bring about would end the American presence in the region by cutting the supply lines running through Pakistan and by expelling all American military and intelligence personnel. Ali said the Hizb had a detailed economic and political program which the Khilafat would implement and re-unify Pakistan with the rest of the Muslim world creating a true superpower.
Hizb ut-Tahrir’s UK media representative, Taji Mustafa, dismissed the slander and lies of Pakistan’s rulers against the hizb and said it was not Hizb ut-Tahrir who rolled out the red carpet for Hillary Clinton, Admiral Mike Mullen and CIA director Leon Panetta when they visited Islamabad; it was Zardari, Gilani, Generals Ashfaq Kayani and Shuja Pasha who sat and schemed further plans with them. It is also well known, despite all the malicious slander, that the work of Hizb ut-Tahrir is exclusively political and entirely peaceful he concluded.
27th June 2011
25th Rajab 1432