Delegations of Hizb-ut-Tahrir met Turkish attaché in Karachi and honorary consulate in Lahore.
In Islamabad Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s delegation was not allowed to go to Turkish embassy, therefore the letter of protest was sent to Turkish embassy through a courier service. In Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad the delegations were led by deputy spokesperson of Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Pakistan Mr. Shahzad Shaikh, member of Hizb-ut-Tahrir Dr. Iftikhar and deputy spokesperson of Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Pakistan Mr.Imran Yousuf Zai respectively. The purpose of these meetings was to protest against Turkish governments plan to stop political activities of Hizb-ut-Tahrir by declaring it a proscribed organization. Delegations made it clear that since the launching of Hizb-ut-Tahrir in 1953 till today, party is involved in political and intellectual struggle only. During these years, thousands of shabab of Hizb-ut-Tahrir were imprisoned, tortured and embraced martyrdom, but these atrocities have never forced Hizb-ut-Tahrir to leave its non violent method to bring back Khilafah. Delegations also protested that because of Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s political work and ever rising demand of Turkish Muslims to restore Khilafah, the Turkish government labeled a baseless allegation that Hizb-ut-Tahrir has relations with a militant organization. Delegations handed over the press release issued by Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s spokesperson in Turkey on this issue and warned that any attempt by Turkish government to ban Hizb-ut-Tahrir will not deter Hizb-ut-Tahrir from its political and intellectual work for the re-establishment of Khilafah.
Date: 11th Shawal 1429 AH
10th Oct 2008 CE