Brown’s warm welcome of Pakistan’s brutal dictator exposes Britain’s real colonial values
London, UK, January 24 2008 – Shortly after embracing King Abdullah – the dictator of Saudi Arabia – Prime Minister Gordon Brown will host President Musharraf, Pakistan’s current tyrant who has held power with an iron fist, silenced political dissent, manipulated the judiciary for his own political gain and presided over a bloodbath in Waziristan, Baluchistan and Swat.
Commenting on his visit Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "The warm welcome extended to Pakistan’s brutal dictator is sickening. Britain’s international rhetoric of promoting ‘liberty’, freedom, democracy and human rights contrasts sharply with the reality of its expediant relationships with some of the most oppressive and odious of tyrants. No amount of rhetoric hides the fact that for Capitalist states, befriending tyrants and sacrificing the lives of innocents is a ‘necessary evil’ when it comes to gaining access to the world’s resources or prosecuting their ‘war on terror’."
"The overwhelming majority of people 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 exploitation, oppression, dictatorship and torture. It is their only hope of resisting the tyranny of global capitalism and the continued unholy alliance between western governments and brutal dictators who are working to deny them the political authority to implement this system, an alliance that will inevitably and ultimately fail."
Notes to Editors:
A peaceful demonstration against Musharraf’s visit will take place at 2pm on Saturday 26th January at the High Commission of Pakistan, 35-36 Lowndes Square, London, SW1X 9JN.