Hizb-ut-Tahrir Britain held a meeting for local Pakistani community leaders, with media in attendance in London on 1st February 2010 to discuss the ongoing crisis in Pakistan.
The event was chaired by Atif Salahuddin from Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Pakistan Committee and was addressed by Dr Abdul Wahid, Chair of the Executive Committee Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain. The panel also included Sajjad Khan, Political Advisor to Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain and Qasim Ali from their Pakistan Committee.
The chairman said the context of the discussion was the multitude of problems currently facing Pakistan: continued American drone strikes, the US-sponsored terror bombings, the economic crisis, severe shortage of electricity and above all a crisis of leadership as Pakistan’s rulers continue to serve American and British interests, at the expense of Pakistan’s people. He announced publication of a detailed report by Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, coinciding with the Afghanistan conference in London last week, exposing the lies used to justify a Western presence, showing why their occupation of Afghanistan can never succeed and demanding that all American and NATO troops leave the region.
Dr Abdul Wahid started his address showing the shame of the regimes in Muslim countries that, so many decades after ‘independence’ from British colonial rule, decisions about our politics were still being made in London. He reminded the audience that when we depart from Allah Ta’ala’s revealed guidance we should not be surprised that Muslims face a life of hardship. This is why, he said, Pakistan needs radical and urgent change to implement the Islamic Khilafat system. The current Islamic parties are discredited because they have been corrupted by the democratic process – or those who are sincere offer no real solutions. Dr Abdul Wahid explained that Hizb ut Tahrir has been calling for the Khilafat for over 50 years in over 40 Muslim countries worldwide and that all its solutions were based on the Quran and Sunnah with many detailed published works from the party.
The new Khilafat, Dr Abdul Wahid said, would expel American and NATO forces from the region including CIA and Blackwater-XE operatives by closing their bases and cutting their supply routes in Pakistan. To those that say America and her allies would attack, Dr Abdul Wahid said they are already attacking Pakistan, trying to weaken and divide it whilst strengthening India. Economically, America’s aid under the Kerry-Lugar bill is less than what Pakistan is losing. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has admitted that Pakistan has lost more than $35 billion in the ‘War on Terror’ and currently $2 billion are unpaid in war costs incurred by Pakistan.
Dr Abdul Wahid said that Pakistan had strong potential and rejected that America and her allies would bomb any new Islamic state into submission, as they have failed to deal with Iran and North Korea which are weaker. With the military assets that Pakistan possesses this would not be possible, and it is a lie which Pakistan’s rulers use to defend their treachery, he said. Moreover, he explained that Hizb ut Tahrir would rally the rest of the Muslim world, where it is active with vast experience and in time the new Khilafat would emerge as a powerful state unifying the Muslim world with huge economic opportunities leading scientific development and industrialisation.
To make this possible the people of Pakistan must work with Hizb ut Tahrir and remove the Zardari/Gilliani regime and establish Khilafat.
After the address the audience engaged in a detailed exchange with the panelists, with Sajjad Khan and Qasim Ali explaining in detail the economic and political solutions proposed by Hizb ut Tahrir. The question and answer session was closed with a dua for the Muslims of Pakistan and elsewhere and prayers that Khilafat will be established as soon as possible whilst lauding the work and sacrifice being made for the Khilafat. Then followed lively discussion over dinner.
2nd February 2010
19th Safar 1431 AH