London, UK, July 19 – Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, a non-violent Islamic political party, believes that this morning's meeting between a few members of the Muslim community and the UK government failed to address with any seriousness some of the most important issues facing the Muslim community.
Dr Imran Waheed, the Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "This meeting has no great significance as those who attended it largely agree with the agenda already put forward by the government for the Muslim community. This suggests that it was no more than a photo opportunity."
"The link between British foreign policy in the Muslim world and the resultant radicalisation of the entire Muslim people was completely ignored in these discussions. Legitimate political dissent to foreign policy is being portrayed as extremism. This illustrates the lack of seriousness in understanding the real feeling amongst the Muslim masses and the level of denial that permeates through government."
"It is worrying that the close affiliation of many of the participants with government does not confer upon them the impartiality and independence that our community requires at this juncture."
Notes to Editors:
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain is the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global independent Islamic political party. The global leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Ata Abu Rushta, is in the Muslim world. The party works throughout the Islamic world to resume the Islamic way of life by re-establishing the Islamic Khilafah [Caliphate].
Imran Waheed – Media Representative
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain