London, UK, April 22 2009 – The high profile sensationalist anti-‘terror’ arrests of 12 Pakistani students has ended with the release of all of them but they now face the threat of deportation. This is similar to a previous case where men were acquitted in the infamous fabricated ‘Ricin’ plot, only to face deportation.
Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said “It should be clear to all that the ‘manner’ of their arrests, if not the substantive reason, has once again proved that the fear of terrorism is used for propaganda purposes – this time specifically to demonise the Muslim of Pakistan and portray Pakistan as a failed state.”
“There was no presumption of innocence in the case of these Muslim men. There was a trial by media and they were condemned to deportation for who they are and not what they did. After the dramatic arrests, Gordon Brown and other ministers lined up to make prejudicial statements about how these innocent men posed a serious threat.”
“And despite the fact there was no evidence, the Pakistani Ambassador in London, who acts more like a spokesman for the PPP than a serious diplomat, merely reinforced the image of Pakistan as a source of terrorism seeming to accept their guilt, rather than questioning the British government and media who now have a track record of ‘spinning terror’ for propaganda purposes.”
“All this shows how regimes in countries like Pakistan collude with western governments in their war on terror and so endanger the lives of Muslims and damage the image of Islam.”
“These regimes will not uphold the interests of Islam and Muslims, and challenge the propaganda and policies in the war on terror, so must be replaced with a government that will. That can only occur by establishing the Islamic Khilafah system of government that has an independent policy, that will not be a slave to the west.“