Now, radical British Islamic group planning “bloodless military coup” in PakJuly 5th, 2009 - 12:54 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 5 (ANI): The writ of the Pakistan government is not only under threat from the ever expanding Taliban, but fears are also rife that British extremists may try to topple the democratic set-up of the country, as an Islamic fundamentalist group, Hizb- ut-Tahrir (HuT) is pushing for a “bloodless military coup” to establish an orthodox Islamic rule in the troubled nation .
A report in The Times has revealed that the members of the HuT, who call themselves as the Liberation party in Britain, is working overtime to establish a caliphate in Pakistan, under which strict Islamic laws would rigorously be enforced.
The group, which is banned in Pakistan, plans to make Islamabad its base, from where it could plan and spread Islamic rule across the globe.
There are several British activists of the HuT who are based in Lahore and Karachi, and are secretly working towards their objective.
Tayyib Muqeem, an English teacher from Stoke-on-Trent, has now stationed himself in Lahore, and has established a Hizb ut-Tahrir student group in Superior College here, the report said.
“The organisation’s aim was to subject Muslim and western countries to Islamic rule under sharia law, ‘by force’ if necessary,” said Muqueem.
The tenacity with which the organization is working can be gauged from the fact it aims to establish a state where stoning to death, and chopping of limbs would be common punishments for those who would defy the ‘caliphate’.
“In a caliphate, “every woman would have to cover up” and stoning to death for adultery and the chopping off of thieves’ hands would be the law,” Muqueem said.
Non-Muslim countries would be forced to accept the law by all means, the group aims.
“Islamic rule would be spread through “indoctrination” and by “military means” if non-Muslim countries refused to bow to it. “Waging war” would be part of the caliphate’s foreign policy,” Muqueem added.
The dangerous aims of the outfit also include influencing certain officers of the Pakistan Army to help it succeed in the nefarious goals, the report further revealed.
Terming the present Pakistan government as “worse than the Taliban”, spokesman of the group, Shahzad Sheikh said persuading the army to instigate a “bloodless coup” against the present government would be their prime motive.
“It is the military who hold the power in Pakistan and we are asking them to give their allegiance to Hizb ut-Tahrir,” said Sheikh, who is a Pakistani recruit of the HuT.
The group is believed to have been set up in Pakistan in the early 1990s by one Imtiaz Malik.
Malik is still believed to be in the country, and working as its commander from an undisclosed location, the report said. (ANI)
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