UK bans Hizb ut-Tahrir as terrorist group


Proscription is about to take impact from January 19 pending approval by parliament, in keeping with House Workplace

Supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir display in Ramallah, July 7, 2012. —Issam Rimawi/Flash90

LONDON: Hizb ut-Tahrir can be banned from organising within the UK after claims by the British authorities that the group is antisemitic and promotes hatred of Jews.

James Cleverly, the house secretary has introduced that the group, which is already banned in international locations together with Pakistan, Germany, and Indonesia, will not be allowed to recruit or maintain protests and conferences throughout the UK.

If agreed by parliament, a draft order that was laid on Monday will come into power on 19 January. Which means belonging to, inviting assist for, and displaying articles in a public place in a method that arouses suspicion of membership or assist for the group can be a felony offence.

Hizb ut-Tahrir was banned in Pakistan below Pervez Musharraf’s authorities when the group referred to as for his overthrow and campaigned in opposition to him within the UK, together with making an attempt to recruit from throughout the army. 

Within the UK, Hizb ut-Tahrir has hundreds of followers from the center class. Its present chief is British-Pakistani Dr Wahid Asif Shaida who has been practising in West London as a household physician for 25 years.

James Cleverly, the house secretary, stated: “Hizb ut-Tahrir is an antisemitic organisation that actively promotes and encourages terrorism, together with praising and celebrating the appalling 7 October assaults. Proscribing this terrorist group will be sure that anybody who belongs to and invitations assist for them will face penalties. It would curb Hizb ut-Tahrir’s skill to function because it presently does.”

Sure prescription offences might be punishable by as much as 14 years in jail, which might be handed down by a court docket alongside, or instead of, a effective.

For the reason that October 7 assaults by Hamas and the following army response by Israel, Hizb ut-Tahrir has not condemned Hamas, a bunch already proscribed within the UK, quite hailing the assaults on Israeli residents by saying “if this may be finished by a resistance group, think about what a unified response from the Muslim world might obtain”. It has referred to as on Muslim international locations to “get your armies and go and take away the Zionist occupiers”.

Dr Wahid has stated the HT isn’t “extremist”, saying the phrase was “pejorative” and didn’t have an agreed that means. He added: “For causes {of professional} probity I preserve a really clear line between my skilled and political life.”

With headquarters in Lebanon, the group operates in at the least 32 international locations together with the US, Canada, and Australia, with a “long-term aim of creating a caliphate dominated below Islamic legislation”, the House Workplace stated.

The group has denied it was antisemitic, saying: “We don’t assist the Hamas group, however assist the individuals of Palestine. We don’t encourage individuals to do related actions however as a substitute need a political change in order that the assets of Muslim international locations are used to liberate and rescue the beleaguered individuals of Palestine. To say that Palestinians ought to be freed from this brutal occupation isn’t a divisive assertion.”

In 2003, some army officers had been arrested in Pakistan for plotting a coup in opposition to Musharraf. HT leaders at the moment within the later years instructed this reporter that Pakistan was their goal primary as a result of it was a nuclear nation. HT leaders had additionally confirmed that a number of the arrested officers had been recruited whereas they had been coaching at Britain’s prestigious Sandhurst army academy.

In October 2009, the arrest of round 35 activists of HT within the federal capital from a fancy locality despatched shock waves throughout Pakistan for the sheer incontrovertible fact that these arrested had been no madrassah-educated, stick-wielding, Osama-loving and fire-spitting rabble-rousers. 

Nearly all detained activists are middle-class, college graduates and belong to prestigious professions, together with one linked to Pakistan’s atomic company and one working for the USAID. 

The remaining had been, amongst others, pc engineers, instructional establishment heads, businessmen, telecom engineers, and college students of various establishments, atmosphere scientists.

After Pervez Musharraf banned HT in Pakistan, following the arrests of the army officers, it has resorted to working extra secretly and thru pretend fronts and names.

In June 2011, 5 Pakistan military officers had been arrested for having hyperlinks to Hizb-ul-Tahrir (HT) – the Islamic Liberation half.

Throughout Pervez Musharraf’s go to to the UK in September 2004, the get together launched the “Cease Busharraf” marketing campaign to take Pakistan out of “Musharraf’s continued subservience to the Bush regime” and held huge demonstrations exterior his look venues. 

Musharraf was so offended on the near-ambushes he met from HT members that he publicly rebuked the British authorities for not doing something in regards to the HT extremists at house however lecturing Pakistan on the right way to cope with non secular extremists.

HT, energetic in over 40 international locations, has greater than 2 million members worldwide, with Indonesia and Malaysia taking the lead and Pakistan rating amongst the highest 5 international locations offering the primary workforce for the get together. The group carries out hardly any actions in Pakistan after the ban but it surely’s believed to have silent assist teams.

The group is understood for recruiting from instructional institutions and it has been so profitable in its goal that it has as we speak come to be related to the middle-class, college graduates, and prestigious professionals, who type its ranks.

In Britain, most of HT’s activists are of Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian, African and Arab heritage.

Banned in Pakistan and plenty of different Islamic international locations together with within the USA and some European international locations, the group was thought-about probably the most influential and highly effective in Britain however the London bombings modified a number of issues for the group. Since then the group has seen many high-profile defections; a lot of its professionals, most of them Pakistani-origin docs, and engineers, have both joined different events or gone apolitical.

The novel get together was initially based in 1953 in Jerusalem by Taqiuddin al-Nabhani to unite the Muslim international locations below a Khilafah rule, dominated by HT’s medieval interpretation of Islamic legislation and caliphate. It was established in Britain about 30 years in the past by a Palestinian ideologue Fuad Hussain, the HT management fell to Salafist preacher Omar Bakri Muhammad, the novel Arab cleric who fled from Britain after the 2005 terrorist assaults.



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