London, UK, October 22 – Hundreds of demonstrators from across the UK protested at the Pakistan High Commission in London earlier today demanding that the Musharraf regime mobilises the Pakistan army to the areas affected by the South Asian earthquake and ceases all military cooperation with America including the ongoing US operations in Waziristan. The peaceful demonstration was organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, a non-violent Islamic political party that is spearheading the work for the return of the Islamic Caliphate in the Muslim world.
Demonstrators held placards and banners with slogans such as "Musharraf has put America first not Pakistan", "Only the Caliphate can ensure food, clothing and shelter for the people of Pakistan" and "Oh Muslims of Pakistan! Remove Musharraf and establish the Caliphate", amongst others.
Following the earthquake on 8th October 2005, it is feared that over 50,000 have been killed and at least 4 million have been made homeless. The slow and inept response of the Musharraf regime has fuelled immense anger amongst Pakistanis who feel that the aid effort has been severely hampered by the refusal of the regime to mobilise the army. Instead of mobilising the army to disaster affected areas, Musharraf has slavishly kept the Pakistan army mobilised in ongoing US operations in Waziristan.
Taji Mustafa, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "The Muslim community in Britain have been diligent in collecting money and despatching aid to the victims of this tragedy. Through this demonstration Muslims in Britain have delivered a resounding message demanding an end to military cooperation with the US in Waziristan and the immediate mobilisation of the Pakistan army to disaster affected areas."
"The Western supported dictator Musharraf has once again shown that he puts the interests of the USA before the interests of his people. The Islamic Caliphate would unify the resources of the Muslim world and mobilise all available resources to respond speedily to natural disasters, free of outside interference."