Hizb-ut Tahrir (HT) Britain, a global Islamist revolutionary group calling for the establishment of an Islamic state (Khilafah), has recently issued a press statement titled ‘Brown welcomes the butcher of Buner to Downing Street’ – denouncing Pakistani President Zardari’s visit to the UK. Taji Mustafa HT Britain’s media representative said:
“The whole reason why the British, American and other Western governments sponsor brutal tyrants such as Zardari is because they fear the growing call in the Muslim lands such as Pakistan for Islam and the re-establishment of the Khilafah. Their strategy revolves around the simple objective of preventing Muslims from controlling their own political destiny…”
“The Muslim community in Britain condemns the support given by the British government for this massacre in Swat and demands its immediate end. The Muslims in Pakistan do not face a threat from the Shariah. The real threat they face is from the continued Western interference which has presided over the destruction and eventual division of Iraq and has now turned its sights to Pakistan in the name of its global offensive against all Islamic revival. God willing the revival of the Khilafah will bring such bloodshed to an end and consign the likes of Zardari to the dustbin of history.”
It is perfectly legitimate to be concerned about civilian casualties and the displacement of nearly one million people when the government finally started fighting the Taliban in Swat. Those concerned can and have the right to ask the government to be more responsible, even protest if they so wish.
But why doesn’t (HT) protest about the gross and systematic human rights abuses consistently committed by the Taliban, the real butchers of Buner, in Afghanistan and Pakistan? Because it supports, in principle, the Taliban’s ‘revival’ of a fictitious Islamic state governed by Islamic law – the two Islamist groups only differ in tactics on how this is best achieved. For HT to ague that Muslims in Pakistan do not face a threat from the Taliban’s ‘Shariah’ law, and that the actions of the Pakistani government – and by extension Western governments – is an offence against ‘Islamic’ revivalism, is both morally and religiously bankrupt!