Hizb-ut-Tahrir Britain held a special event in London on 9th May 2010 for Muslims from the Pakistani diaspora in the UK with the Pakistani media in attendance to coincide with Hizb ut-Tahrir Wilayah Pakistan’s ‘Declaration to the People of Power’ made at the Islamabad Press Club, in Islamabad, earlier in the day. 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, Qasim Ali, Chair of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain’s Pakistan Committee and Community leader Mushtaq Raja from Walthamstow.
Atif Salahuddin welcomed viewers from around the world as the event was webcast live on the Internet. Atif explained that earlier in the day in Pakistan, Hizb ut-Tahir Pakistan had successfully managed to deliver its ‘Declaration to the People of Power’ address despite heavy police presence. He explained that in the run up to today’s declaration, the party workers in Pakistan had to contend with a huge crackdown by Pakistan’s rulers for nearly a month as they sought to thwart the 9th May declaration by issuing threats to attempt to link Hizb ut-Tahrir to alleged militant attacks in Pakistan. Yet, Atif said they bravely managed to deliver the 9th May declaration despite such intimidation.
Thereafter a video recording of the ‘Declaration to the People of Power’ by Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Pakistan Press spokesperson Naveed Butt was played. Naveed Butt in his comprehensive address to the people of power in the Pakistani army said that Pakistan’s rulers, of all shades, had sold out the people to serve America’s colonial interests. Pakistan’s rulers he said were fully collaborating with the American drone attacks and had allowed Blackwater and DynCorp to operate with full protection and these foreign military contractors were responsible for the bomb blasts and attacks on the security forces inside Pakistan.
Naveed Butt asked the People of Power, how they could allow such wicked rulers to use your strength to continue with their treachery, to serve America’s failing occupation of Afghanistan? Naveed exhorted the sincere Muslims of Pakistan’s army to do their duty and provide the material support to Hizb ut-Tahrir to re-establish the Khilafat. He closed by reminding them how Saad bin Muad (RA) achieved a great rank in the sight of Allah (SWT) as he provided the support for the first Islamic state in Medina.
Qasim Ali addressed the gathering by re-iterating that Pakistan’s rulers were fighting America’s war and that the Pakistan Army was spilling its pure blood for America’s sake because of the Pakistani rulers’ treachery. The ‘Strategic Dialogue’ was another farce as just yesterday Hillary Clinton threatened Pakistan with “severe consequences” over the alleged failed New York bomb plot.
Dr Abdul Wahid then introduced a special live link up with Hizb ut-Tahrir Lebanon in Beirut. Osman Bakhach, Director of the Central Media Office, addressed the London gathering through a special audio linkup. Osman explained that events were also held in Palestine and Lebanon to mark the ‘Declaration to the People of Power’ in Pakistan and lauded the work in Pakistan by expressing solidarity with his Pakistani brothers and sisters. Mushtaq Raja also addressed the audience and praised the global work of Hizb ut-Tahrir in working peacefully to re-establish the Khilafat through exclusively political means and strongly denounced Pakistan’s corrupt rulers.
Following the address there followed a lengthy question and answer session about Hizb ut-Tahrir’s work in Pakistan and how the ‘Declaration to the people of Power’ furthered the momentum.
Dr Abdul Wahid then finally addressed the gathering and urged people to carry the call forward to their friends and family until the work reached its ultimate port. Dr Abdul Wahid said that Pakistan’s problems were so vast that the people had no solution but the re-establishment of the Khilafat, an obligation from Islam; under the current American sponsored status quo they were staring disaster in the face he said. The gathering closed with a dua and renewed determination to expose Pakistan’s rulers.