In your article (British jihadis in Bangladesh fanning flames of extremism, says Dhaka, 16 September), in relation to Hizb ut-Tahrir, an unnamed “intelligence specialist” is quoted as saying “Hizb want a caliphate. They want to be a province or a state of Isis.”
It is well known that Hizb ut-Tahrir was one of the first organisations to reject the declaration of a so called caliphate by Isis and that Hizb ut-Tahrir has opposed and criticised Isis ever since.
Isis persecutes Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Syria, and murdered one of them, Abu Bakr Mustafa Khayal. So a claim that Hizb ut-Tahrir wants “to be a province or a state of Isis” is far from the truth. As a previous Guardian piece said, the two organisations are foes (Why ban Hizb ut-Tahrir? They’re not Isis – they’re Isis’s whipping boys, 13 February).
Media representative, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Britain