London, UK, November 23 – Hundreds of delegates will gather at a
seminar in London on Friday [November 24th 2006] to discuss the recent
visit of Prime Minister Tony Blair to Pakistan in which he granted a
package of aid worth £480 million to help de-Islamicise Pakistan and
support the tyranny of Musharraf’s regime. The seminar is organised by
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, an Islamic political party.
Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "This seminar will expose the immoral relationship between Western governments and the dictators of the Muslim world. Musharraf has overseen a brutal campaign of forceful repression within Pakistan, in particular the tribal areas, including massacres of civilian populations. There has been encouragement of the torture used in prisons, detention without trial, unilateral extradition of prisoners to the United States and Guantanamo Bay and the banning of non-violent political organisations."
"Blair had hoped to arrive in Pakistan with the news that he had joined the dictator in banning the political group Hizb ut-Tahrir, only to be thwarted by the fact that there were no grounds for doing so. His support for Musharraf is simply the latest example following decades of support for tyrants who victimise their own people. It is a sad irony that the governments in the West have increasingly adopted the same policies that they have condoned and supported for so long in the East."
The seminar will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Friday 24th November 2006 at Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS [nearest tube: Aldgate East].