Nine years in captivity for speaking the truth of the American colonial project, to the oppressive power that is the Pakistani regime. On 11th May 2012 Naveed Butt, the spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir in Pakistan, was abducted from in front of his family and has not been heard from since. His condition and whereabouts are still unknown nearly a decade on.
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain will send a delegation at midday on 11th May to the Pakistani High Commission in London to protest his continuing unjust imprisonment. There has been no trial and he has not been charged with any crime. Hizb ut-Tahrir is well known throughout the world as a political party that has adopted a non-violent method and uses only the strength of words in its work to resume the Islamic way of life; establishing the Khilafah Rashidah on the way of Prophethood. Before his disappearance, Naveed Butt was the most vocal in his words of condemnation of the American “war on terror” and its colonial hegemony of Pakistan’s government and military leadership.
The delegation will question, as Naveed did, the value of continuing the subservience to the American Raj, while disobeying the Lord of the Worlds, Allah (swt). As part of a global campaign organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir, we aim to expose the injustice of the American foreign policy and the complicity in the criminality of those who do their bidding. We all need to question why were Naveed’s words so frightening to the colonialists that he needed, and still needs to be silenced in such a cruel way?
It is time for the people with power and influence to side with the truth, to expose this colonial oppression and not let Naveed’s abduction continue into the tenth year.