Blair’s warm welcome of Pakistan’s military junta exposes his talk of ‘liberal interventionism’
London, UK, June 4 2007 – Barely a week after a meeting with the Libyan
dictator Gadaffi, the Prime Minister Tony Blair is today hosting
Shaukat Aziz, the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the mouthpiece of a
military dictator. Musharraf's military junta has wielded power with an
iron fist, silenced political dissent, stifled debate and arrested
opposition politicians. Most recently after sacking the country's Chief
Justice he was complicit in the blood that was spilled in the crackdown
on the opposition protests.
Commenting on the visit of Shaukat Aziz, Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "After last week's sight of Blair shaking hands with Gadaffi and even selling him missiles, the warm welcome extended to Pakistan's military junta is equally sickening. Despite Blair's rhetoric of 'liberal interventionism', freedom, democracy and human rights, he is happy to continue close relationships with brutal dictators in the Muslim world when it suits his interests. No amount of rhetoric will hide the fact that for Capitalist states, befriending tyrants and sacrificing the lives of innocents is all fair game when it comes to gaining access to the world's resources."
"Given that the overwhelming majority people of in the region see the return of the Islamic Khilafah (caliphate) system of government in the Muslim world as the means of liberating them from from exploitation, oppression, dictatorship and torture, and so resist the tyranny of global capitalism, it is no surprise that both Blair and Musharraf are working to stop its return."
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain