Pakistan arrests Hizb ut-Tahrir activists
Published: Oct. 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM
Sources familiar with the arrests tell Pakistani newspaper The Nation that the activists gathered during the weekend at the invitation of HuT leaders concerned about U.S. activity in the region.
HuT is a radical Islamic political movement seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate in Central Asia. Though on several watch lists, the group is not directly linked to violence, and it claims to seek its objectives through peaceful methods.
Islamabad police impounded several vehicles and documents in the arrest, including a vehicle with a license plate identifying it as a belonging to the media.
One activist told The Nation he was invited to discuss the security situation in Pakistan and had “no information” about HuT or its activities.
Pakistan launched a major military offensive during the weekend to tackle a growing insurgency in the tribal regions along the volatile border with Pakistan.
The Pakistani Taliban had vowed revenge for the death of leader Baitullah Mehsud in an August missile strike, taking credit for several high-profile attacks in recent weeks.
On Tuesday two suicide attackers detonated their explosive vests at Islamabad’s International Islamic University, killing as many as seven people and injuring nearly 30 more.
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