UK Muslims demand release of Naveed Butt and establishment of Khilafat in Pakistan
London UK, 14th Dec 2013 – Muslims from across the UK gathered at the Pakistan High Commission in London to protest against the abduction of Naveed Butt (Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman in Pakistan), call for the removal of the corrupt system and politicians and demand the establishment of the Khilafat system in Pakistan. The demonstration was organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain.
Some of the protestors’ chants included “Khilafat, Wahid, Siyasi Nizam” and “Pakistan ka hull kya hai? Khilafat Hai, Khilafat Hai”
Protestors stood behind banners that read ‘Free Naveed Butt: Call for real change for Pakistan’, and ‘Pakistan needs real change: Pakistan needs Khilafat’.
The rally was addressed by Dr Imran Waheed, Mazhar Khan and Taji Mustafa from Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Speakers roundly condemned the Pakistan government’s abduction of Naveed Butt in front of his children. He was abducted on 11th May 2012 and his whereabouts remain unknown. They highlighted how this engineer has tirelessly opposed the NATO supply lines, and called for the Khilafat system in Pakistan – a strong Islamic leadership to replace the weakness and corruption of the existing ruling parties. They said this is why he was abducted.
They demanded the release of Naveed Butt and all those abducted on the instructions of the U.S. They also demanded that all military co-operation with the US is severed, and that Pakistan stops providing logistical support to US and NATO forces operating inside Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Speakers called on Muslims in Britain to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Muslims in Pakistan and join the growing call to oust the current system and politicians and establish a new leadership and new system in the form of a just and accountable Khilafat state. The demonstration ended peacefully with dua that Allah (swt) bring His Help and Victory soon.