London, UK, January 30 – Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, the Islamic political party, will lead a London demonstration outside the London Conference on Afghanistan on Tuesday [31 January 2005]. Demonstrators will protest against the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan and will draw attention to the lack of legitimacy of the Karzai regime, the worsening security situation and the thriving narcotics trade.
The holding of a major conference in London to discuss Afghanistan's future comes five years after the initial Bonn Accord held shortly after the Taliban were ousted in 2001. The conference is designed to address Afghanistan's current status and future path through the creation of a new Afghan Compact and is being co-chaired by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Dr Imran Waheed, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Despite all the fanfare and pomp, this conference has very little to do with the future of Afghanistan and significantly more to do with the geo-strategic objectives of western government?s in the region. Afghanistan, five years on, has become a metaphor for everything that has become wrong about the West?s 'war on terror'. Violent occupation, inhumane treatment of prisoners, chronic insecurity, minimal reconstruction and a huge growth in narcotics are the key emblems of modern day Afghanistan."
"Western governments are eager to prop up the dictators and tyrants of the Muslim world who have no credibility amongst the masses. Hamid Karzai is yet another subservient, puppet ruler who seeks to safeguard western interests whether they are access to the vast energy resources of the region or preventing the people of the region unifying their resources under the Islamic Caliphate. Unless the Afghan people can rest their authority from the occupying force and become truly free people living under the Islamic Caliphate, they will not be able to overcome their current tribulations."
The peaceful demonstration will take place on Tuesday 31st January 2006 at 9.00 a.m. outside Lancaster House [Stable Yard, St James's, London, SW1; nearest underground Green Park].