30 suspected members of Hizb ut-Tahrir arrested in Pakistan
Saturday, 17 October 2009
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police detained 30 suspected members of the outlawed Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir on Saturday in a raid on a house in the capital, a police officer said.
"They were holding a secret meeting in the house. We're investigating," said Islamabad police officer Afzal Shah.
The London-based Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks to unite Muslims in a pan-Islamic state but says its means are peaceful.
Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf banned the group several years ago.
(Reporting by Kamran Haider; Editing by Robert Birsel)
35 men of banned outfit held in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: The Capital police have arrested 35 people belonging to banned organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, including their key leaders, and booked them under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), police said.
The activists of the banned group were busy in a secret meeting at a house in F-8/3 when the police raided the place on the information of an intelligence agency.
Highly-educated people, including computer engineers, educational institutions’ head, businessmen, telecom engineers, students of different institutions, environment scientists, civil engineers and an officer of a US-Aid project were among the arrested activists of the Hizb ut-Tahrir.
The police have recovered hate literature and objectionable material during a search of the house.
Inspector General of Police Islamabad Syed Kaleem Imam when contacted by this correspondent confirmed the arrest of the Hizb ut-Tahrir activists and said that the government had banned the outfit and barred its activities but the organisation was involved in creating unrest among the public through the SMS and statements. He said the activists had been charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Police sources said a team of the Margala Police Station, headed by SHO Ghulam Baqar, raided house no 9, street-8, F-8/3, and arrested 35 people, including kingpins of the Hizb ut-Tahrir outfit identified as Bilal Awan (Engineer of a Research Organisation), Ch. Waqar (Software Engineer), Muhammad Imran (Principal of an institution), Junaid Khan (Telecom Engineer), Sarfaraz Khalid (Computer Engineer), Usman Jamshed (Telecom Processing Manager), Rizwan Aleem (a PhD student of the GIK University), Zakar Azim (student UET Taxila), Adnan Qureshi (a telecom engineer), Abid Mehmood (an officer of a US Aid project) and an American national Muhammad Shuaib (Civil Engineer).
The police will produce the detained activists before a judge on Sunday for further proceeding of the case, the police said, adding that the court would hand them over to the police on physical remand for further investigation or sent them to jail on a judicial remand.
Some comments from the Hizb ut-Tahrir website:
I am wondering what sort of SECRET meeting they were holding. It is quite stupid and sad that even according to the police they are INVESTIGATING which they should have done beforehand. In the present situation of Pakistan, all the government need a silly excuse to imprison people under the carpet of War on Terrorism and in fact most of the times they don’t even need an excuse.
It is a question for the general masses to think about that is there something wrong with the educated class of Pakistan i.e. Engineer, Doctors and highly professional people of the country when they are busy thinking about state affairs for the implementation of Pakistan OR is it that due to their efforts, sell outs of Pakistan are finding it hard to accept the truth when they get exposed by them.
Who will you support???
October 18, 2009 - 10:27:53
Adam Khan: ...
The Waziristan military operation has been launched by the Pakistani Army . . . and Hizb Ut Tahrir have been exposing the motives behind Islamabad's policy of Muslim blood-letting
Therefore, the brothers and sisters of HT . . . who are doing a great and noble work for our Deen+Ummah . . . will be subject to harsh treatment and persecution
May Allah (swt) protect them
May He (swt) bring some sense, Imaan and guidance into the heads and chests of the Pakistani military . . . as they seem to be embarking in the wholesale massacre of Muslims and undermining the security of their own state . . .
And for what!?
American $'s for the Generals and Zardari !? . . . the mind boggles at the senseless, stupidity of the armed forces . . . even by their past standards!2
October 17, 2009 - 16:56:59