London, UK, August 9 – After Prime Minister Tony Blair's announcement that Hizb ut-Tahrir would be proscribed as a terrorist organisation, many Muslim and non-Muslim groups and personalities have expressed amazement and shock that a non-violent political party could be targeted in this manner.
Moreover several UK national newspapers and leaked government documents have revealed that even the UK Home Office has stated that Hizb ut-Tahrir is not a terrorist party or a violent organisation.
Dr Imran Waheed, Media Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Since the statement of the Prime Minister, we have received dozens of messages of support from leading Muslim and non-Muslim groups and personalities. Not everyone may agree with our politics but everyone agrees that banning a non-violent political party is injustice and will set a very dangerous precedent."
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].