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June 9, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 3899

Hizbut Tahrir's Recruitment of Pakistani Soldiers to Islamist Cause – Blog Posts from MEMRI's South Asia Studies Project

June 9, 2011
Palestine | Special Dispatch No. 3899

In recent months, the Pakistani branch of British Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir (which campaigns for establishing an Islamic caliphate across the world) has been in news headlines for its campaign to recruit Pakistani soldiers to its cause. Despite a government ban, the international Islamist organization continues to carry out its activities in Pakistan openly, holding events and publishing literature while administering its website.

Following are some blogs about Hizbut Tahrir from MEMRI's South Asia Studies Project:

Hizbut Tahrir Urges Dissension In Pakistani Army Over Likely Operation In North Waziristan

On May 31, 2011, the Pakistani branch of international Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir published a statement calling for "material support" from Pakistani Army soldiers for establishing caliphate in Pakistan and to eject America from the region. In the statement, Hizbut Tahrir criticized Pakistani military leaders for allegedly agreeing to a U.S.-supported military operation against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in North Waziristan.

http://www.memrijttm.org/content/en/blog_personal.htm?id=5053¶m=UPP

After Attack On Pakistan Naval Base, Hizbut Tahrir Urges Pakistan Army Officers To Uproot 'Treacherous' Pakistani Rulers

In the wake of the May 22 attack on PNS Mehran, the headquarters of Pakistan Navy in Karachi, Hizbut Tahrir blamed the attack on the U.S. and urged Pakistani soldiers to uproot the country's rulers so as to establish an Islamic caliphate. In a statement issued on May 23, the outlawed group said: "Hizbut Tahrir asks the sincere officers of the Pakistan armed forces as to how long they will look on passively at this disgrace and humiliation.

http://www.memrijttm.org/content/en/blog_personal.htm?id=5054¶m=UPP

Hizbut Tahrir Members Flout Government Ban, Hold Public Rally In Rawalpindi

Hundreds of members and sympathizers of the banned Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir held a successful public rally in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi on Sunday, according to a Pakistani daily. "Traffic on Benazir Bhutto Road remained suspended, while numerous Punjab police officials present on the scene did nothing to stop the rally," according to a report in The Express Tribune daily. The Hizbut Tahrir members called for replacing the present system of governance in Pakistan with an Islamic caliphate and raised slogans like Say no to democracy; We Welcome Khilafah [caliphate]; Kuffar nahi, Islam chahiye [We want Islam, not secularism].

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/36746.htm

Hizbut Tahrir Members Arrested In Tajikistan, Protests In Islamabad

Hizbut Tahrir Pakistan, an outlawed Islamist organization working for establishing an Islamic caliphate across the world, staged a protest outside the Embassy of Tajikistan in Islamabad against the arrest of its members by Tajik officials, according to an Urdu-language daily. The Hizbut Tahrir protesters held placards inscribed with slogans demanding an end to torture of their members in Tajikistan and other Muslim nations, according to a report in the Urdu-language daily Roznama Jasarat.

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/37033.htm

Hizbut Tahrir Using Facebook To Rally People To 'Eject America From Pakistan'

The Pakistani branch of British Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir, which works for establishing a worldwide Islamic caliphate, has been using Facebook to mobilize Pakistani people against the U.S. role in Pakistan. The group has been posting messages on one of its Facebook forums called "Rise & Mobilize on the Streets to Eject America from Pakistan." On April 7, it posted a message, "Open invitation for an exhibition at Peshawar Press Club Today (April 7) titled "Systems of Khilafah - the alternative system, world is waiting for'"

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/36421.htm

In An Open Letter, Hizbut Tahrir Pakistan Calls On Pakistani Army To Establish Islamic Caliphate In Pakistan

In an open letter, the outlawed Hizbut Tahrir, a splinter organization of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, has urged the Pakistan Army to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country, according to a Pakistani daily.

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/34369.htm

Hizbut Tahrir Pakistan Letter Calls for Military Coup to Establish Caliphate in Pakistan, Says: 'O Muslims! Deliver This Letter to All the Sincere Ones Whom You Know in Pakistan's Armed Forces'

The Pakistani chapter of the British international Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir has issued a letter to the Pakistani armed forces, calling upon "sincere" Islamic soldiers to establish Khilafah (Islamic caliphate) in Pakistan.

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/33069.htm

Banned Islamist Organization Hizbut Tahrir Stages Public Rally Against U.S. In Pakistani City

Hizbut Tahrir Pakistan, an international Islamist organization that campaigns for establishing an Islamic caliphate worldwide, staged a protest rally in the Pakistani city of Peshawar against a likely operation against the Taliban in North Waziristan, according to an Urdu-language daily. The Hizbut Tahrir activists held placards inscribed with slogans such as "Waziristan operation not acceptable" and chanted slogans against the U.S., according to a report in the Urdu-language daily Roznama Express.

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/33839.htm

Hizbut Tahrir: Allowing U.S. Marines Inside Pakistan For Relief Work Is Haram (Forbidden In Islam)

Hizbut Tahrir Pakistan, the Pakistani chapter of the British Islamist organization banned in Pakistan, has said that the arrival of 1,000 U.S. Marines in Pakistan in the guise of humanitarian aid workers is a national security threat, according to an Urdu-language daily. In a press statement issued in Lahore, the outlawed organization claimed that the "entry of such a big number of U.S. soldiers is not in our national interest," according to a report in the Urdu-language daily Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt.

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/29415.htm

Hizbut Tahrir Urges Pakistani Military To Help It Drive Out The U.S. From Pakistan

The Pakistani branch of British Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir has called upon the "powerful" in Pakistan (i.e. the Pakistani military) to help it drive out the United States from Pakistan, according to an Urdu-language daily.

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/26978.htm

Hizbut Tahrir Blames U.S. For Terrorist Activities Throughout Pakistan

The Pakistani branch of the British Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir has said that American intelligence agencies are responsible for terrorist activities throughout Pakistan, according to an Urdu-language daily. Sheikh Shehzad, deputy spokesman of the Hizbut Tahrir Pakistan, a banned organization which aims at the implementation of the Islamic caliphate in Pakistan, said: "On the one hand, American intelligence agencies and private military organizations are involved in targeted killings and blasts throughout Pakistan, while on the other hand, the traitor government officials are engaged in so-called strategic dialogue with the U.S. to support its occupation of Afghanistan."

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/26281.htm

Hizbut Tahrir: Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue Is Strategic Surrender Before The U.S.

The Pakistani branch of the British Islamist organization, Hizbut Tahrir, has described the March 24 Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue as Pakistan's "strategic surrender" before the U.S., according to its official website. A statement published on the website of Hizbut Tahrir described the talks, which were held in Washington, as attempts to "micromanage Pakistan."

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/26016.htm

Pakistan Begins Court Martial Of Army Officers Over Links To Militant Organization Hizbut Tahrir

A military court in Pakistani Kashmir has formally charged two Pakistan Army officers and two civilians for being members of the outlawed militant organization Hizbut Tahrir, according to an Urdu daily.

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/24065.htm

Pakistan Arrests 35 Hizbut Tahrir Terror Suspects, Including An American National And An Officer Of A USAID Project

In the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, police have arrested 35 people belonging to banned jihadist organization Hizbut Tahrir, including their key leaders, according to a Pakistani daily.

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/21085.htm

Hizbut Tahrir Conference In Islamabad: "One Ummah, One State – New World Power"

About 2,000 people attended a conference organized by the Pakistani branch of the Britain-based Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir in Islamabad. The theme of the conference was "One Ummah, One State – New World Power."

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/15041.htm


Report: Hizbut Tahrir Behind Email/SMS Campaign Against Pakistani Government And Intelligence Agencies

It has emerged that the Pakistani chapter of British Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir is behind an email/SMS (short message service) campaign against the Pakistani government and intelligence agencies, according to a Pakistani daily.

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/18425.htm


Hizbut Tahrir Calls For Deployment Of Pakistani Nuclear Weapons; Martyrdom Attacks Against U.S. Soldiers; Resistance Against Cowardly Hindus In Kashmir; Expulsion Of American And British Diplomats

The Pakistani branch of British Islamist organization Hizbut Tahrir has called for martyrdom attacks by 160 million Pakistanis on U.S. soldiers, deployment of Pakistan's nuclear weapons and banishment of U.S. soldiers and intelligence officials, according to two press releases on Hizbut Tahrir's website. A statement issued by Hizbut Tahrir on September 29, 2008 said: "Deploy nuclear weapons all over Pakistan and warn the crusaders and their allies of a stern response should they persist in their violation of Pakistan's territorial integrity.... [I]t will bolster the country's ability to effectively counter regional and international threats. If a small nuclear country like North Korea... can spurn U.S. advances, then Pakistan, a far stronger nuclear power with the seventh largest army in the world, is in a far better position to accomplish much more."

http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/10196.htm

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