Pakistan’s ailing dictator rallies support in Westminster this week
London, UK, December 3 2007 – A delegation representing Pakistan’s dictator Pervez Musharraf consisting of Lt. General (retd) Javed Ashraf Qazi and Tariq Azeem are visiting the UK over the next five days to defend the actions of the former general and are due at the Foreign and Commonwealth office on Tuesday. UK Foreign Office Minister Mark Malloch Brown’s meeting with Musharraf’s envoys will be seen as a reward for Musharraf’s continued prosecution of the US led ‘war on terror’ in the region, despite words of chastisement at the Commonwealth summit only days ago.
Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Musharraf has usurped the presidency, imprisoned dissenting judges, shut down independent TV stations and presides over a bloodbath in Waziristan, Baluchistan and Swat – killing his own citizens. The Foreign Office has appeared disinterested in any of this preferring to focus all their concerns on the timetable for elections, orginally designed to facilitate a return to power of Pakistan’s most corrupt ruler Benazir Bhutto."
"Musharraf’s envoys are welcomed in London because the west’s favourite dictator continues to serve the interests of western governments in their war on terror – a proxy war to secure US interests in the region."
"Whilst these cynical politicians play games seeking power and survival, Hizb ut-Tahrir will continue to call for a new leadership and new system in Pakistan by re-establishing the Caliphate. Only the Islamic Khilafah (caliphate) system can free Pakistan from subservience to colonial powers and provide the country with a new leadership, system and policies that will put the interests of the people first, not the interests of London and Washington."