Hizb ut-Tahrir Challenges Pakistan’s High Commissioner to open debate
Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain as part of its ongoing campaign to call for the removal of the treacherous Pakistani civilian and military leadership today announces a direct challenge on behalf of the UK Pakistani community to the Pakistan High Commission in London. The Pakistani community invites the Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan to an open public session to demand answers on the American Abbottabad raid and the wider context of Pakistan’s role in America’s ‘War on Terror’. The session will allow ordinary Pakistanis in the UK to account and question the High Commissioner in the public arena with media presence. A representative from Hizb ut-Tahrir’s leadership will also participate to address the public outcry over the latest American attack and the continuous betrayal of the Pakistani leadership to its people.
Atif Salahuddin, Mehboob Ali and Rizwan Hussain from Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Pakistan Committee delivered the invitation in person to the Pakistan High Commission today on behalf of the UK Pakistani community. The public session will be held in London on 26thth June and will be open to anyone from the public, particularly the Pakistani community, who wishes to attend. To avoid a ‘no show’ from the Pakistani High Commissioner Hizb ut-Tahrir will facilitate the event and has already booked a venue in advance for the event (full venue details at the end of this press release).
The objective of the session will be to seek answers from the Pakistani government to the many questions which Pakistanis across the UK are asking; in particular some of the questions many amongst the Pakistani Community seek urgent answers to include:
a) Why did the Pakistani government not repel the American Abbottabad attack with military force?
b) Does the Pakistani government agree that America violated Pakistan’s sovereignty in this attack? If so, why did President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani immediately congratulate the American government over the raid and why has Pakistan not expelled the US ambassador and severed diplomatic relations?
c) Why did the Pakistani government not expel all American CIA and military personnel after Raymond Davis was caught?
d) How many American operatives, including all intelligence and military personnel, are currently operating inside Pakistan? How many visas have been issued to the Americans? How many American bases are there inside Pakistan?
e) Who has actual control over Pakistan’s nuclear assets? What access have the Americans been allowed?
f) What is the full nature of the secret agreements between the American and Pakistani governments over co-operation on the ‘War on Terror’ including the drone strikes?
g) Why have President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Raza Yusuf Gilani, Army Chief General Pervez Kayani and ISI Chief General Shuja Pasha not tendered their resignations after the Abbottabad humiliation?
The UK Pakistani Community believes that such a public discussion is in the wider community’s interest and an opportunity for the Pakistani High Commissioner to prove the credentials of his administration as an accountable government. If however, as widely expected, the High Commissioner turns down this opportunity to present his government’s defence and not show up to the question and answer session, then Wajid Shamsul Hassan would have proven once again that he is not fit to represent the Pakistani people in the UK and his government is nothing more than a deceitful treacherous regime which abuses the responsibility of ruling whilst running away from the daylight of truth. The Pakistani Community in the UK are aggrieved to see Pakistan being attacked by America in this way and seek urgent answers from the Pakistan High Commissioner to explain the complicity of his government with America in this current crisis. The Pakistani Community expects the Pakistan High Commission to respond positively in good faith to this demand of the community for answers.
On behalf of the Pakistani Community in the UK
Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain
31st May 2011
Date: Sunday, 26th June 2011
Start Time: 2pm
Venue: Grove Road Community Centre
119-121 Grove Road
London E17 9BU