UK , November 4 2007 – General Pervez Musharraf yesterday declared a
state of emergency in Pakistan , seeking to remove all obstacles to the
prosecution of the US led ‘war on terror’ in the region.
His announcement coincided with the visit to Pakistan of the US Central Command Chief, Admiral William Fallon. Following the announcement, the Pentagon immediately announced that the declaration would not affect the US military involvement in Pakistan and the ‘war on terror’. The UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said that he was "gravely concerned", while US Secretary of State Rice described the events as "very regrettable".
Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "By consistently putting expediency before principle, interests before values and dictatorship before justice, London and Washington continue to reveal their moral degradation when dealing with the Muslim world. Their constant interference in the internal affairs of the Muslim world betrays their true indifference to the human cost of their colonial policies."
"By declaring a state of emergency, Musharraf has sought to remove any remaining obstacles to the prosecution of the US led ‘war on terror’ in the region. His claim that ‘extremism’ is the root cause of Pakistan’s current crisis, mimics the discredited rhetoric of the Bush administration, but does not explain the actions of sacking the chief justice, suspending the constitution, dissolving the Supreme Court, censoring all television stations except the state TV network and arresting mainstream political figures. In reality the cause of violence and instability in Pakistan has been caused by the occupation of Afghanistan , the war on terror and US plans to secularise Pakistan – all policies vigorously pursued by Musharraf."
"It is not others that have brought Pakistan to the brink of ‘suicide’ but him and his political masters. Musharraf spoke yesterday, as always, of putting Pakistan first but for 8 years he has always put the interests of Western governments first – selling out over Kashmir, permitting American forces to establish bases in Pakistan, presiding over a bloodbath in Waziristan, Baluchistan and Swat, legitimising the occupation of Iraq, providing logistical support and intelligence to US forces in Afghanistan and surrendering control over Pakistan’s economy to multinationals."
"Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain , through its current campaign, is calling for a new leadership and new system in Pakistan by re-establishing the Caliphate. It is only the Caliphate that can take power away from the feudal landowners and the rich industrialists, implement a real rule of law, produce economic prosperity for the many and not the few and ensure political decisions on the future of Pakistan are made in Islamabad, not London or Washington."
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain