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Hizb ut-Tahrir’s demonstration against Uzbek president Karimov’s visit to Brussels

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24th of January 2011, Hizb ut Tahrir Europe organized a demonstration against the visit of Karimov, president of Uzbekistan, in front of the Uzbek Embassy in Brussels.

Hundreds came to show their support for Hizb ut Tahrir and to confront Karimov, for his crimes against Islam, the Muslims and humanity in Uzbekistan.

Speakers highlighted the various crimes of Karimov and his regime, including the mass murder on the 13th May 2005 when he ordered his special security forces to attack unarmed protestors in Andijan; thousands of people, including many members of Hizb ut Tahrir, were killed.

The Andijan massacre is part of a much broader pattern of oppression that has characterized Karimov’s rule. These include the severe torture of independent Muslims and members of Hizb ut Tahrir’s prisoners. The severe mutilations that some suffered resulted in the death of many innocent people. The silence of Western governments against these crimes has been deafening.

Furthermore, one of the speakers highlighted how the European Union (EU) and NATO revealed their real face by inviting and welcoming this tyrant. Western governments do not care about the fate of the Muslims of Uzbekistan or anywhere else. Rather, they support unelected dictators in order to secure energy contracts and other profitable interests. Regimes like Karimov’s in Uzbekistan were given the free hand to attack Islam and the Muslims and the ‘International community’ has turned a blind eye to it.

Hizb ut Tahrir Europe condemned the regime’s imprisonment of thousands of members of Hizb ut Tahrir and other Muslims and demanded their immediate release.

Our message to Karimov and his regime is that we have promised Allah (swt) that we will never bow our heads before any tyrant and will continue to speak the truth with patience and firmness and work tirelessly to re-establish Al Khilafah Ar Rashidah.

Okay Pala Media Representative of Hizb ut Tahrir

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Uzbeks Sentenced For Membership In Alleged Jihadist Group

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February 17, 2011 – 12:56pm

Thirteen people have been sentenced by an Uzbek regional court to between 6 and 10 years in prison for their alleged membership in an Islamic group called Jihadists, RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service reports.

The only registered human rights organization in Uzbekistan, Ezgulik (Goodness), said the men were found guilty by the court in the southern province of Qashqadaryo of “encroachment on the constitutional order” and “dissemination of materials harmful to public safety and order.”

Uzbek prosecutors frequently bring those specific charges against Islamic dissidents.

The trial was held behind closed doors.

The verdict was pronounced on February 3, but made public only on February 14 after relatives of the defendants appealed to Ezgulik to seek information about the accused.

Ezgulik said the verdict reads: “the accused men were poisoned by the idea of an Islamic state and launched a series of crimes against the constitutional order and public security and morality.” All reportedly plead guilty to the charges.

Ezgulik said several of the sentenced men are farmers. One was an imam.

There have been several trials in various regions of Uzbekistan involving purported members of the Jihadists group. In most of the cases, the defendants were sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Those jailed on such charges include popular soccer commentator Khayrulla Hamidov, who is also the author of a series of popular radio programs on being Muslim. He was sentenced last year to six years in prison.

Uzbek human rights groups say several dozen more people are awaiting trial on similar charges. At least 21 of them are from Qashqadaryo.

Local and international rights groups estimate that more than 10,000 practicing Muslims in Uzbekistan are currently serving long prison sentences, mostly on charges of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order and install a theocracy.

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Karimov and NATO matyr two members of Hizb ut-Tahrir

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Thursday, 17 February 2011 18:09

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The fruits of tyrant Karimov’s visit to Brussels

Two members of Hizb ut-Tahrir martyred by the butchers of Karimov and NATO

The torture and repression of Muslims in Uzbekistan continues unabated a mere week after the visit of the tyrant Islam Karimov to Brussels. Karimov went to Brussels and met with NATO Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, and EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger. He was given a red-carpet welcome and promised more financial aid in appreciation of his efforts in fighting terrorism.

Less than a week later the administration of the infamous Yaslik prison in Uzbekistan delivered two corpses of members of Hizb ut-Tahrir – one from the city of Andijan and the other from Ferghana – claiming that they had died from heart disease.

The administration of Yaslik prison also randomly increased the prison terms of other members whose sentence was nearing its end. One member, Shukrullah, was given sixteen more years, whilst another, Shaukat, was given another three, and both were transferred to an ex-offenders prison.

At other prisons such as Navoi, prison administrations have started giving prisoners from the members of Hizb ut-Tahrir medications and forcing them to take it in front of prison guards. These medications have ‘made in America’ written on them and they resemble bread dough in their color and form. It has been noted by prisoners that whoever takes this medication more than once begins to lose their strength and sensorial ability day-by-day. From among these prisoners are those who have memorized the noble Qur’an, which they memorized in their long stay in prison.

It has also been noted that many prisoners go beyond simply losing strength and sensorial ability, and lose their sanity. They are then transferred to state-run hospitals.

This is but part of the horrifying reality of what happens under Karimov in Uzbekistan; a reality which Western leaders are well aware. Western governments have not forgotten the massacre of thousands in Andijan in 2005. However they justify turning a blind eye to Karimov’s crimes on grounds of it being a cheap and necessary price to pay for the continuation of their alliance with him in the invasion of Afghanistan.

It seems difficult for those who have built their civilization on the massacre of the Red Indians in America, and those who persisted in supporting tyrants in Egypt, Tunisia, Pakistan and other Muslim lands for decades, to properly criticize or sever ties with Karimov. Nonetheless will they have no shame at all given their claims of democratic values and human rights of which they sing day and night?! Or is hypocrisy a basic tenet of their wretched imperial thought?!

In any case, Hizb ut-Tahrir has not and will not depend on these people for anything. Its members have a covenant with Allah to believe in Him and rely on Him. They will not relent or soften, by the Will of Allah, in fighting falsehood and its patrons until Allah سبحانه وتعالى gives victory to this Ummah, and He is the best of liberators.

كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَأَغْلِبَنَّ أَنَا وَرُسُلِي ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ قَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ

“Allah has written, ‘I will be victorious, I and My Messengers.’ Allah is Most Strong, Almighty.” [al-Mujaadila, 58:21]
Osman Bakhach
Director of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir


In the Name of Allah the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

A Message from the General Command
of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

And fight them until there is no more fitnah and
the religion is all for Allah
Al Anfaal: 39

The Amir of the Harakatul Islamiyyah of Uzbekistan, Muhammad Tahir Farooq, has announced the start of the Jihad against the tyrannical government of Uzbekistan and the puppet Islam Karimov and his henchmen. The leadership of the Islamic Movement confirms the following points in the declaration:

The declaration comes after agreement by the major ulema and the leadership of the Islamic Movement.
This agreement comes based on clear evidence on the obligation of jihad against the tawagheet as well as to liberate the land and the people.
The primary objective for this declaration of Jihad is the establishment is the establishment of an Islamic state with the application of the Sharia, founded upon the Koran and Noble Prophetic sunnah.
Also among the goals of the declaration of Jihad is:
The defense of our religion of Islam in our land against those who oppose Islam.
The defense of the Muslims in our land from those who humiliate them and spill their blood.
The defense of the scholars and Muslim youth who are being assassinated, imprisoned, and tortured in extreme manners-with no rights given them at all.
And the Almighty says:
And they had no fault except that they believed in Allah, the All Mighty, Worthy of all praise!” Al Buruj: 8
Also to secure the release of the weak and oppressed who number some 5,000 in prison, held by the transgressors. The Almighty says:
And what is the matter with you that you do not fight in the way of Allah and the weak and oppressed amongst men, women and children” An Nisaa:75
And to reopen the thousands of mosques and Islamic schools that have been closed by the evil government.
The Mujahedeen of the Islamic Movement, after their experience in warfare, have completed their training and are ready to establish the blessed Jihad.
The Islamic Movement warns the Uzbek government in Tashkent from propping up or supporting the fight against the Muslims.
The Islamic Movement warns tourists coming to this land that they should keep away, lest they by struck down by the Mujahedeen.
The reason for the start of the Jihad in Kyrgyzstan is due to the stance of the ruler Askar Akayev Bishkek, in arresting thousands of Muslim Uzbeks who had migrated as refugees to Kyrgyzstan and were handed over to Karimov’s henchmen (i.e. Uzbek regime)
The Most High says:
Verily the oppressors are friends and protectors to one another.
The Islamic Movement shall, by the will of Allah, make Jihad in the cause of Allah to reach all its aims and objectives.
It is with regret that Foreign Mujahedeen (Al Ansaar) as of yet have not joined our ranks.
The Islamic Movement invites the ruling government and Karimov leadership in Tashkent to remove itself from office-unconditionally, before the country enters into a state of war and destruction of the land and the people. The responsibility for this will lie totally on the shoulders of the government, for which it shall be punished.
Allah is Great and the Honor is for Islam.

Head of the Religious Leadership of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Az Zubayr Ibn ‘Abdur Raheem
4th Jumadi Al Awwal (ah)
25 August 1999”

Letter from Uzbekistan. Part 2

Monday, 24 December 2007 04:09
Uzbek Prisoners awaiting sentencingThe following is from a series of letters from the Da’wah carriers in Uzbekistan which have been translated.

All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe and mankind. His help, victory and most importantly His pleasure be to the Messenger of Allah, his companions, their followers and all the believers from Adam until the last believer on the Day of Judgment. May He the Merciful forgive and grant felicity of the worldly life and hereafter to all the believers.

Assalamu alaykum, our Muslim brothers, sisters, parents and friends. We deliver greetings from all your brothers in Jaslyk! Brothers, verily the prayers of the believers for each other are answered. The Messenger of Allah says in his hadeeth, “A believer to another believer is like a building whose different parts enforce each other.”

That is why we decided to inform you of the current situation in here, so that believers shall realise the great crimes that take place here, UYA-64/71 Jaslyk colony, which is done by kufr – i.e. by the Kaafir Karimov and his tyrant executioners, particularly the chief of colony Qulimbetov – the cruellest tortures and torments. We hope this will help the believers to see the injustice, that they will have a just hatred and immunity against the plots they lay and be steadfast in the Deen and the da’wah. So that on the Day of Judgment we will not be those who escape each other, on the contrary, we will enjoy happy lives in the Paradise promised by Allah.

Brothers, nowadays the barbarous tortures in this torment facility of the Kaafir, Karimov, are at their highest point, the chief of the colony Qulimbetov has brought from his previous place of work Qorovul-Bozor prison of Bukhara several criminals, who have already served long-term (15-20 years) prison terms. He cruelly oppresses and harshly persecutes our brothers by their and other operative officers’ means. All firm-footed brothers, who reject asking for the president’s pardon, fulfill their prayers, refuse to sing – as contrary to our faith – the anthem as well as other brothers are battered and beaten for no reason. It has been over one month since our brothers from Tashkent, Zufarov Nu’man, Muzaffar, Husniddeen and Jamoliddeen were held and tortured in damp basement cells. Cell No. 15 was transformed into a torture room, where the giant hypocrite Yoldosh Beruniy from Khorezm, together with other prisoners named Anvar and Edik from one side, on the other side the new-comers from Qorovul-bozor named Ravil, Farkhod and Isroil ‘the Toothy’ continuously torment our brothers with the purpose of making them ask for president’s pardon, sing an anthem, not perform a prayer and so on. Qulimbetov has given them all necessary authority. Today is August 5th, within the last 20-25 days, our brother Bahrom from Ferghana was beaten unconscious by Edik and left in such a state for over one hour.

Our brothers from Tashkent, Saidazim, Jamoliddeen and Fitrat, and Rasul from Margilan, were cruelly beaten in cell No. 15; Jamoliddeen’s shoulder bone was fractured. Additionally, the local officers also take their share in torturing our brothers. Today, August 6th, tyrant Anvar, Yoldosh and Edik were allowed by disorder prevention department (DPD) officers to lock our brothers Zufarov Nu’man, Husniddeen and Muzaffar in separate basement cells and severely batter them. The battery of other brothers caught praying also continues. Our fellow Oybek was locked into special cell (called BUR) for one month. The DPD personnel has in advance warned firm-footed brothers Yusupov Maqsudali, Madyarov Akmal, Tojiboev Ergashali and Mirzakarimov Ravshan from Ferghana, Salohiddeenov Samariddeen from Tashkent, Guzarov Shavkat from Qashqadaryo and others about the punishment awaiting them. Who of us may go to that torture room tomorrow? May Allah protect us from this. It is believed that this method of torturing is know-how invented by Qulimbetov and the deputy minister of Justice Shodiev. Allah knows best. Our fellow Bahrom from Ferghana has written a letter to Qulimbetov, where he warns the latter, «Stop these tortures, otherwise several of your executioners shall die or some of us shall become martyrs». Despite this, the persecution gets harsher. Of course, these are the tests from our Lord. We shall be patient. However, Allah says in His book, “Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls)” We, your oppressed brothers in Jaslyk, are saying goodbye to you until our Lord gathers us all with His help, victory, felicity and, most importantly, in His paradise (hopefully) Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi va barakatuhu.

PS. Today, August 7th, some additional information has surfaced. Yesterday late at night our brothers locked in the basement had hot water poured over them and early in the morning they were taken to nursery. Among them was Zufarov Nu’man.

August 7th, 2002

A letter from the Leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Uzbekistan

Monday, 20 September 2010 19:14

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

I sent you part of the treatment that has been inflicted on us by the ruling authority in Uzbekistan; the prosecution, imprisonment and torture which amounts to death in many cases. Such treatment is not limited to us only in Hizb ut-Tahrir but includes all of the workers for the Islamic Call. The number of prisoners from Hizb ut-Tahrir alone in the prisons of Uzbekistan is approximately eight thousand, even though that party does not exert any acts of violence.

The oppression of this government was aggravated more this summer than throughout the year. At the beginning of this summer, all the new masools (leaders) who were appointed after the arrest of their predecessors have been arrested. A large number of our active shabab were also arrested. This happened in Tashkent, the capital, in the state of the Ferghana Valley, the state of Andijan and in other states of Uzbekistan.

Many of our shabab started to travel outside the country to work there to avoid the arrest. Nevertheless, the spies of the authority are watching and spying, even on those who travel abroad. In these days in the month of Ramadan the spies of the authority came to ask about who had traveled, and when they did not find them, they took their relatives and held them in their centers to know where their sons went. In addition, they threatened them that they will remain in detention until their sons come back. They treated them with cruelty and brutality, some of them even fainted and the older fell to the ground from fatigue.

The authority started to assign its employees in the water and gas departments; the members of the Shura Council being men and women of the locality who were assigned to spy to know where the families of prisoners get their expenditures, where they eat, wear, and how they live.

The prisoners who have completed their sentences; they blackmail them to leave the work with Hizb ut-Tahrir and start working with the authority, to spy on the party. Moreover, the one who refuses, they say to him: “You have not completed your treatment yet” and they increase his sentence to three additional years in prison. There are many of those who spent additional years and they did not release them, but they returned to blackmail them.

This is the ruling authority in Uzbekistan. We will not bow to its oppression and will continue working in the legitimate way (sharee way) to change it, we will be patient with Allah’s help and with the assistance for our Muslim brothers in this country and in other Muslim countries, we will be patient until Allah judges between us, and Allah is the wise of the wises.
Your brother

The Masoul of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Uzbekistan
24th Ramadan 1431 AH

Urgent Message from the Shabab of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Uzbekistan

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 16:42

The systematic torture meted out by the corrupt Karimov regime against the Shabab of the Hizb ut-Tahrir in Uzbekistan has intensified greatly in recent times. We have received the following update from Central Asia.

“Indeed this oppressive ruler has instructed his cronies to imprison further Shabab and intensify their punishment and prolonging their prison sentences to a minimum of 10 years and over. Recently, 18 Shabab from Karasawa have been imprisoned, a further 10 from Tashkent and 15 from the North, all receiving sentences ranging from 10-13 years. This is on top of the many thousands of Muslims which already languish in the prisons. As a result of the torture, 3 shabab were recently martyred who include: Ghalib Malajanoth from the city of Andijan, Shadman from the city of Nahayat Asaka and Abdulraheem from the city of Karasawa.

Not withstanding the oppressive imprisonment of the Shabab, the corrupt regime has resorted to new tactics by imprisoning their relatives, some even under 15 years old! They have also imprisoned some of the wives and daughters of the Shabab, including some under the age 15! They have also imprisoned women whom their husbands are either already imprisoned or previously martyred! All this pressure is a result of the Shababs’ refusal to surrender and leave their Deen!

Oh Brothers and Sisters! Please make dua for us against this corrupt ruler and his oppressive regime by asking Allah سبحانه وتعالى to strike him down and humiliate him in this dunyah before the Hereafter. Pray to Allah سبحانه وتعالى to relieve the pain and suffering of our brothers and sisters and to retaliate against the oppressors and humiliate them so that everything between the heavens and earth curse them – Oh Allah the All-Mighty.

Please make dua for us during these last 10 blessed days of Ramadan; and Allah is All-Powerful, All-Mighty.”

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “The master of the martyrs is Hamza ibn Abdul Mattalib, and a man who stands (in front of) an oppressive ruler and enjoins the good and forbids the evil and so is killed for it.” (Hakim)

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Hizb-ut-Tahrir Faces Internal Split in Central Asia

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There are indications that internal differences over strategy and tactics are threatening the cohesion of the underground radical Islamic organization Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Central Asia. Internecine rivalries could hasten the emergence of violent splinter groups, regional observers say.

To date, Hizb-ut-Tahrir has utilized non-violent methods, in particular the distribution of anti-government leaflets, in promoting its stated goal; the overthrow of the existing political order in Central Asian states. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive [4]]. Information on the inner workings of the organization is sketchy, but there is evidence that dissatisfaction with the non-violent approach is growing within the Hizb leadership.

Observers believe that factionalism within Hizb-ut-Tahrir could cause the organization to adopt more confrontational tactics, or result in the creation of new groups that embrace terrorist methods akin to al-Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive [5]]. A commentary published by the Vecherny Bishkek web site said the US-led military occupation of Iraq has helped fuel the internal tactical debate within Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

“The US-led operation provoked a heated discussion in all the branches of the banned underground party. …Calls for more active and radical steps became increasingly frequent,” the Vecherny Bishkek commentary said. “[Kyrgyz] special services claim that these developments are a testament to the party’s intention to make the most of the current situation both in the [Kyrgyz] republic, and in the world at large, to spread their ideology and recruit more members.”

Two dissenting, though largely peaceful groups that trace their origins to Hizb-ut-Tahrir have emerged in recent years – one is called Hizb-an-Nusra and the other is labeled Akramiya. Experts believe other, more radical splinter groups may be in the early stages of development.

A source in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh who is familiar with the thinking of local Hizb activists said: “There are indeed individual Hizb-ut-Tahrir members who are disillusioned with the party’s commitment to non-violent methods.”

Hizb-an-Nusra appeared in the Tashkent area in 1999, according to a report prepared by the International Crisis Group entitled “IMU and Hizb-ut-Tahrir: Implications of the Afghanistan Campaign.” In a 2002 report entitled “Islam in the Social and Political Life of Uzbekistan,” Dr. Bakhtiar Babadjanov, a Tashkent-based political scientist, suggested Hizb-an-Nusra leaders believe that non-violent tactics will never be sufficient to bring about the collapse of Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s administration.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s main tactic of distributing leaflets caused the arrest of “a significant proportion of Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s younger membership,” Babadjanov wrote. As a result, the Hizb-an-Nusra leaders decided it “was time for more radical efforts.”

Meanwhile, Akramiya was founded in 1996 by Akram Yuldashev, a former Hizb-ut-Tahrir member from Andijan, Uzbekistan’s third largest city. In a pamphlet entitled Yimonga Yul (Way to Faith), Yuldashev argued that Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s non-violent tactics were devised for Arab states and were ill-suited for success in Central Asia. In splitting with Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Yuldashev argued that Islamic governance should be established on a local level, rather than on a national level.

According to Babadjanov, Yuldashev attempted to develop tactics suited to the Ferghana Valley’s specific social and economic conditions. The region is Central Asia’s breadbasket, but suffers from overpopulation. Yuldashev based his tactics on the formation of cells that grouped individuals from the same professional background. Yuldashev also urged that his organization seek legalized status so that it could operate openly on the grassroots level.

Today, Yuldashev is reportedly languishing in an Uzbek prison – caught up in the Uzbek government’s far-reaching crackdown on unsanctioned religious activity.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s internal differences have received scant media attention in Central Asia. Regional authorities seem aware of the factionalism issue, but emphasize that they continue to regard Hizb-ut-Tahrir as a major threat to stability in Central Asia.

Hizb membership has reportedly grown significantly since the September 11 terrorist tragedy. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive]. The rise in the perceived threat has been accompanied by the intensification of the clampdown against suspected members.

Prior to this year, Hizb-ut-Tahrir focused most of its activity on Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and southern Kyrgyzstan. Of late, however, the group’s leafleting activities have spread to cities in southern Kazakhstan and northern Kyrgyzstan. According to an October 15 report by the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency, for example, authorities in the Kazakhstani city of Shymkent confiscated leaflets and arrested three alleged Hizb members on charges of trying to foment “interethnic and religious hostility.”

Some local observers maintain that government repression is encouraging radicalization within Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s ranks. A few officials, such as Kyrgyzstan’s ombudsman Tursunbai Bakir uulu, have suggested the best way to contain the Hizb threat would be to legalize the organization’s activities. That would make it easier for officials to identify the most radical elements and to isolate them, advocates of legalization argue.

Other observers question whether legalization would serve to moderate Hizb’s outlook. They note that the underground group has never expressed a desire to enter into a dialogue with incumbent authorities. In any event, authorities in Uzbekistan and elsewhere in the region show no sign of wanting to ease their tough stance towards Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

Editor’s note:

Alisher Khamidov is a PhD Candidate at School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C..

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The writer argues that despite Hizb’s professed alliegence to non-violent means Hizb provides moral support to groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. (IMU) and that individuals from Hizb do become engaged in jihadi events. This article provides good reasons which Hizb ought to be banned in America. For Central Asia Hizb is the problem.



Hizb-ut-Tahrir: The Solution or the Problem?
by Swati Parashar

The aura of mysticism associated with the activities of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a well known radical Islamic group, continues to baffle security experts across the spectrum. Most recently the group was in news when the British Government decided to ban the Hizb-ut-Tahrir operating in Britain in the aftermath of the July 2005 bombings in London . The decision to ban the group, argue many human rights activists, contravenes the UN Declaration of Human Rights and more specifically articles 19 and 20 which guarantee both freedom of expression and association.

The Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a radical Islamic political group active in several countries in the Middle East, South and South East Asia, Central Asia and Europe . The group was established in the 1950’s in Jerusalem and was perhaps the first to initiate political activism for the Palestinian cause. It was accused of plotting against the various Arab regimes in the region and was banned by most countries, with its members arrested and persecuted. Subsequently, the group then targeted the Muslim community settled in Europe and established itself firmly in the UK , Denmark and Germany . Among the reasons why the members of this radical religious group were granted asylum by the Western countries was a belief by these countries that their interests would not be harmed by the religious and political activism of the group.

Even after 9/11 and the consequent monitoring of radical Islamic groups, the Hizb-ut-Tahrir and its sister organisations like the Al Muhajiroun continued to operate freely in Britain and other Western countries. The West perhaps viewed them as viable political and religious alternatives to the extremist ideology of the Al Qaeda and other anti-Western, pan Islamic religious terrorist organisations.

The Hizb-ut-Tahrir shares the ideology of the Al Qaeda and other religious terrorist groups which claim that the malaise of the Muslim ‘Ummah’ (community of believers) is rooted in the destruction of the Caliphate brought about by the connivance of the Western powers. Only an ideal Islamic Caliphate can bring the Muslims together as a unified community and resolve all the prevailing disputes and conflicts. The perceived but not necessarily implied difference between the Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the Al Qaeda is the fact that while the former insists that the end does not justify the means and that the Islamic Caliphate can be ushered in by non violent political activism, the latter has carried out a series of violent terrorist acts, which it claims are justified for the ultimate cause which is to struggle against the ‘kufr’ (non believers) and wage an armed jihad to re-establish the Caliphate.

There is no direct evidence of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir having taken recourse to violence but individual members have rendered vocal, ideological and even material support to jihadi terrorist groups like the Al Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).  Members of this group in Central Asia have been held responsible for the recent political disturbances in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan . There is also some evidence to suggest that after the Iraq war, many of its members have become disillusioned with the non violent tactics and have been advocating a more pro-active approach. Many of its splinter groups, including the Al Muhajiroun of Britain and the Akramiya and the Hizb-un-Nusra in Central Asia have called for a more active involvement in the struggle against corrupt Islamic regimes and the hegemonic Western powers. Some members have also joined jihadi groups.

The moot point is that the group since its inception has failed to provide political and religious leadership to the Muslim community. Fifty years of what they claim as non violent religious and political activism has only resulted in the group being proscribed in most countries in the Middle East, Central and South Asia and Europe without any results to show. In fact it is the Muslim world that banned the group and persecuted the members even before the West began to take notice of their anti-Semitic and anti Western propaganda. The Islamic revolution and awakening as promised by the founder, Sheikh Taqiuddin Nabhani, and his followers has not taken off even after more than half a century of its activities.

To recapitulate, the Hizb-ut-Tahrir prophesied an Islamic revolution in three stages:

1. Culturing individuals in the first stage

2. Interacting with the Ummah in the second stage

3. Finally, taking over the governments.

The most prominent ideological contradiction emerged in the formative years itself when the group began to plot coups against the governments in the Middle East , resulting in their persecution and proscription. Clearly, the first two stages, as propagated by the ideological founding fathers saw only vain attempts to grab political power. These ideological contradictions have cost the Hizb-ut-Tahrir dear, rendering it ineffective in its efforts to create a worldwide community of believers. Secondly, grass roots activism, which would have been desirable in the first stage, has been superceded by elite activism aimed solely at the capture of political power. The situation today is that the group does not have any credibility in the Islamic world and has also lost the support of the Western powers as a possible alternative to extremist groups like the Al Qaeda because disillusioned members and splinter groups are openly advocating the need for an armed resistance and jihadi terrorism to unify the Muslim ‘ummah’.

In such circumstances, the Hizb-ut-Tahrir might not seem as a major threat to peace and security in any region but nevertheless, it is important to keep a watchful eye on the members of this group who are advocating armed resistance. It must not be overlooked that the Hizb-ut-Tahrir has access to material and human resources which if exploited by jihadi terrorist groups can cause more damage than the Al Qaeda alone.

Keeping this in mind what are the possible options before the governments faced with the real and perceived threat from Hizb-ut-Tahrir?

Firstly, there is a lack of in-depth research on the Hizb-ut-Tahrir and its activities. There are a lot of misconceptions and ambiguities related to its organisational structure and its activities. The governments need to encourage research on this group. It is only after 50 years of its existence that some information and debate on this group seems to have emerged!

Secondly, ideology is an important tool that most extremists exploit and it is quite possible to counter them by highlighting the contradictions within their ideological beliefs. This again calls for an understanding of their ideas and beliefs. Most importantly, the Hizb-ut-Tahrir talks about a non violent revolution to bring about an Islamic state structure, but it does not have well grounded theories on the alternate state model that it wishes to create. Public attention must be drawn towards the fact that anarchism has never been successful at any moment of history. Moreover the Hizb-ut-Tahrir has deviated from its original path of cultivating a community of believers before taking over the governments. They talk about a people’s war without the involvement of the people. Revolutions need ideology as well as the support of the masses.

Thirdly, intelligence cooperation is very important in dealing with this group. It is important to know about its cells operating in different countries. This can happen only when governments begin to realise that the members of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir can become a threat if they adopt violent methods and religious fundamentalism and terrorism. It is important to make the intelligence agencies aware of the activities of this group in different countries through shared information, analyses and coordination.

Fourthly, Pakistan has off late been linked to several terrorist attacks including in London and possibly Sharm-el-Sheik. Though the Hizb-ut-Tahrir is proscribed in Pakistan largely because of its anti Musharraf propaganda, it is important to keep a watchful eye on this South Asian State that is the hub of jihadi terrorism and training. It is important to study the activities of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Pakistan and its affiliated groups, individuals and any ISI support that its members may be receiving. There are possibilities that the Hizb-ut-Tahrir members may have developed links with other jihadi organisations operating from Pakistan .

Fifthly, it is important to keep track of its finances. The Hizb-ut-Tahrir receives donations from a large number of charities as well as individuals. Dubious charities and individulas who feed their ideology must be discovered and dealt with.

Tony Blair’s anti terrorism measures after the London blasts include punishing those who incite terrorism by supporting suicide terrorism and violence. This implies a strict watch over the preaching in Mosques etc. The South East and South Asian countries would do well to keep an eye over religious preaching in madrasas and mosques where most of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir brand of ideology is propagated. In addition, many of its members are the disgruntled youth from universities and educational institutions who are attracted to its ideology. Their grievances should be addressed so that they cannot be exploited by groups like the Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

Lastly, the Hizb-ut-Tahrir is well versed in propaganda activism. Its propaganda should be countered by the governments. Its publications and other audio and video materials should be scrutinised and prevented from being disseminated, if they are racist and otherwise detrimental to national and international security. In fact both Denmark and Germany have banned the group on the basis of its anti-Semitic propaganda.

The key words in dealing with the Hizb-ut-Tahrir are effective intelligence and greater degree of public awareness through a strong intellectual campaign. The idea is to expose its ideological hollowness that has achieved next to nothing in the last fifty years. The Hizb-ut-Tahrir does not represent the people in any country even if it projects such an image.

To conclude, it is perhaps the failure of groups such as the Hizb-ut-Tahrir to provide political and religious leadership to the Muslim community that has led to the spawning of terrorist groups. Frustrated by the empty rhetoric of groups like the Hizb-ut-Tahrir which has only served to divide the Muslim community and aggravate the existing problems and conflicts, the youth are taking recourse to extremist violence and terrorism, as noticeable in the London blasts. The Muslim community needs politico-religious activism and leadership to address and articulate their genuine grievances. The Hizb-ut-Tahrir is not the solution; it is a part of the problem.

(The writer is an Associate Fellow with the International Terrorism Watch Programme, ITWP, of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). She is based in New Delhi . E-mail address:


So, is Hizb merely a tool of the KGB-FSB in Uzbekistan? This provoking article claims that many of the terrorist incidents in Uzbekistan have been manipulated by former operatives of the KGB-FSB. Interestingly, the author argues that Hizb is one group which the KGB is using to create these staged terrorist acts. 

Hizb ut-Tahrir: KGB-FSB Connection?

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Written by William F. Jasper
Friday, 24 July 2009 14:45

Hizb Ut-Tahrir conference videoAs reported in yesterday’s posting, the Islamist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir al Islami (The Islamic Liberation Party, hereafter designated by the abbreviation HT), held a recruiting conference in Chicago on Sunday July 19. The title and theme of the conference was “The Fall of Capitalism, the Rise of Islam.”

Here is a short HT conference video that makes clear their anti-capitalist, pro-Islamist message:

Apart from the fact that HT has adopted much of the Marxist-Leninist lexicon and dialectically synthesized an Islamo-Leninist ideology and rhetoric, there is good reason to assume that, at least in the Central Asia “republics” of the former Soviet Union, HT has been co-opted by the security services (successors of the renamed KGB) or was created outright as a “false flag” operation to provide controlled opposition.

Unlike the Baltic States and other European states that were clamoring for independence from the Soviet Union, the rulers of the Central Asian states (Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan) of the USSR were reluctant to shed their Soviet skin, and even since “independence” have stayed closely tied to the Kremlin. Like all totalitarian regimes — Russia, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria — they remain, essentially, black boxes, largely impervious to outside investigation. Their geographic isolation greatly enhances the efficiency of their security services in controlling what information (or disinformation) gets out, which outsiders get in, and what they will be allowed to see and hear.

Uzbekistan seems to be the main area where terrorist activities are attributed to HT and other groups connected to it, such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). As mentioned in yesterday’s posting, scholar/lobbyist Zeyno Baran has been one of the principal conveyor belts of the charges that the Tashkent bombings of 1999, the Tashkent and Bukhara bombings of 2004, and the Andijan Massacre of 2005 were the work of Islamic terrorists (HT and IMU) and provide ample reason to support the regime of Stalinist stalwart Islam Karimov in Uzbekistan.

Bush administration officials, such as Elizabeth Jones, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia, made similar arguments, as for instance, in her testimony before Congress.

Another analyst, David Storobin similarly concluded that the Karimov regime was under heavy assault from terrorists, which was a major crisis blocking political reform in that country. He wrote:

Because of the terror network that has been established by the Taliban, Saudis, Egyptian and Palestinian fundamentalists, as well as others in Uzbekistan, the government cannot move towards democratic liberalization. Rather than building up its political institutions and economic system, Uzbekistan is stuck trying to fight terrorist organizations, such as Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan — and any other Islamist terrorist organization that chooses to set up bases in the country.

Perhaps the most influential lobbyist for the Central Asian regimes, though, is Professor S. Frederick Starr of the Central Asia Caucasus Institute (CACI) at Johns Hopkins University. For his slavish support of dictator Islam Karimov, Dr. Starr has earned the title of “Professor of Repression.” He can be counted on faithfully to toe the party line, sing the praises of Karimov and his fellow dictators in the region, and defend the most brutal practices as necessary measures against the threat of “Islamic extremism.”

However, many independent scholars and analysts refused to overlook the evidence  and suspicious circumstances pointing to the likelihood that these “terrorist attacks” were actually “provocations” by the SNB, the Uzbek KGB.

Nozima Kamalova, for example, a Central Asia specialist at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, noted in a 2007 study for the Center, “The War on Terror and Its Implications for Human Rights in Uzbekistan”:

With what appears to be a staged bombing, the Uzbek government may have wished to demonstrate to its American allies that terrorism exists in Uzbekistan and that there is a need for additional funding and support under the guise of a campaign against terrorism.

Likewise, Central Eurasia scholar Sarah Kendzior (Washington University in St. Louis) challenges Baran and others who accept at face value the propaganda spoon-fed to them by the professional SNB propagandists in Tashkent. Her study, “Inventing Akromiya: The Role of Uzbek Propagandists in the Andijon Massacre,” provides sobering reflection on the alarming degree to which Western governments, academics, and journalists have been willing to turn blind eyes toward evidence that they are being manipulated by the Uzbek regime.

In addition to these scholarly works, there is the testimony of former SNB agent Major Ikrom Yakubov, who says President Karimov personally ordered “false flag” provocations such as the Andijon Massacre (Uzbekistan’s Tiananmen Square), the Tashkent/Bukhara bombings, and the murder of UN coordinator Richard Conroy, a British citizen. Yakubov, who defected to Britain last September, adds to considerable evidence compiled by journalists, human rights activists, and exiles, as well as the charges of former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray.

Murray, who is now rector of the University of Dundee and is campaigning this year for election to Parliament, was forced to step down from his diplomatic post for exposing Karimov’s widespread practices of torture and murder — and even more for exposing the complicity of the United States and Britain in those crimes.

In his book, Murder in Samarkand, Murray writes about his own personal inspection of the Tashkent bombing sites shortly after the explosions. “I reported that back to London — that I suspected these were ‘false flag’ bombing operations carried out by the Uzbek government in order to justify their clampdown and demonize the opposition,” says Murray. “What [Yakubov] is saying appears to back up the physical evidence which I personally witnessed on the ground. I think his information does appear to stand up.”

Yakubov, who was involved in SNB provocations, says that many of the men cited as terrorists by the Uzbek government are actually “false flag” creations of the SNB. Radio Free Europe reports:

In a related charge, Yakubov says the regime itself has propped up many alleged extremist groups and their leaders, including Tahir Yuldash, the purported IMU leader, and Akram Yuldash, the alleged spiritual leader of Akramia, the group Uzbek authorities blamed for sparking the unrest in Andijon.

“Akram Yuldash, Tahir Yuldash — these are specially created men by SNB,” Yakubov says. “IMU also [was] created by SNB, according to the order of Karimov. Tahir Yuldash has a very close contact with Karimov, and Tahir Yuldash [carries out] the orders of Karimov.”

Yakubov adds that he has seen classified papers addressed to Karimov stating that Yuldash himself killed Juma Namangani, his predecessor as IMU leader, in order to take sole leadership of the organization.

It should come as no surprise that the SNB would carry out a series of bombing provocations. It served several important purposes, not the least of which was to bolster appeals for Western aid. Of course, it also provided Karimov with a “national security” cover to justify tighter police-state crackdowns on his own people. In all of this the Uzbek SNB was merely putting into practice what it had learned from its big brother, the Russian KGB/FSB. In fact, the “terrorist” bombings in Tashkent and Bukhara were carbon copies of the FSB’s false flag “terrorist” bombing campaign in Russia that was blamed on Chechen Islamists. The main purposes of that series of provocations were: 1) to justify, and win public support for, a new Russian invasion and occupation of Chechnya, and; 2) to cast Vladimir Putin (former head of the FSB), then virtually unknown, as a strong, decisive leader, and to propel him into the presidency.

It is sad testimony to the frightening degree of control exercised over our own media that so few Americans are even aware of the huge body of evidence — much of it even from establishment media sources — substantiating the charges that the Russian FSB, not the Chechens, were behind the September 1999 apartment bombings in Buynaksk, Moscow, and Volgodonsk that killed nearly 300 people and injured hundreds more. The government-controlled Russian media fanned the flames of hysteria. Outrage and calls for revenge against Chechnya soon followed. Putin, responding to “the people’s will,” launched a new wave of savage destruction upon the hapless people of Chechnya.

Here are a few of the many sources concerning the FSB hand behind the “Chechen Terror” bombings in Russia:

Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror by Alexander Litvinenko, the FSB colonel who defected to the West in 2001 and began exposing the totalitarian and criminalist nature of the new KGB/FSB-dominated Putin regime. This included revelations concerning the false flag “Chechen terror” bombings. He paid for this “treason” with his life;  he was publicly (and very dramatically) executed by polonium poisoning in London in 2006. The evidence points to the FSB and then-President Putin as the executioners.

The Assassination of Russia is a video documentary produced by former Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was once part of the Yeltsin power structure and now is in exile in Britain. This video presents excellent testimony and compelling evidence supporting the charges that the 1999 “Chechen Terror” bombings in Buynaksk, Moscow, and Volgodonsk, and the attempted bombing in Ryazan were the work of Russia’s FSB:

“THE FIFTH BOMB: DID PUTIN’S SECRET POLICE BOMB MOSCOW IN A DEADLY BLACK OPERATION?” by John Sweeney reporter for The Observer (UK), November 24, 2000. Focusing on the failed Ryazan bombing, this article is especially important for presenting the close-up photographs taken by the Russian bomb squad of the detonator of the bomb that was deactivated before it could explode in the Ryazan apartment building. The photographs show, say experts, a detonator that is distinctively FSB in signature.

Fears of Bombing Turn to Doubts for Some in Russia by Maura Reynolds, Russian correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2000. This was one of the earliest investigative pieces by American reporters to question the generally accepted story put out by the Putin regime blaming the Chechens.

“Russia ‘planned Chechen war before bombings’ : Former Prime Minister reveals invasion of republic was prepared months in advance of terrorist attacks” by Patrick Cockburn, Moscow correspondent of the British newspaper, The Independent, January 29, 2000. Among the important bombshells dropped by Cockburn in this article:

1) Jan Blomgren, Moscow correspondent for the Swedish daily Svenska Dogbladet, had reported on June 6, 1999 that according to his sources in the Kremlin one option being considered by the Russian government was “terror bombings in Moscow which could be blamed on the Chechens.” This was four months before the first bomb went off.

2) Sergei Stepashin, the former Interior Minister and Prime Minister, had openly stated in recent interviews with Russian media that he had been involved in top-level government plans for the invasion of Chechnya in March of 1999. This contradicted the official Russian line that the Russian invasion was purely a response to the terror bombings of September.

3) That top Russian officials Alexander Voloshin and Anton Surikov held a secret meeting in France in July 1999 with Shamil Basayev, a Chechen warlord who was the public face of “Islamic terrorism” in Russia. The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate Basayev’s “Chechen” invasion of neighboring Dagestan, to provide Putin with another reason for attacking Chechnya. Basayev had long been suspected of working for Russia’s KGB/FSB and/or Russia’s military intelligence, the GRU.

“The Shadow of Ryazan:_Is Putin’s government legitimate?” by David Satter, National Review, April 30, 2002. This provides a good overview of the evidence available up to that time of the Russian government’s planning and execution of the terrorist bombings.

“The Smashing of Chechnya” by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed of Media Monitors Network provides a detailed report on the Russian war against Chechnya and an extensive bibliography of links to many stories dealing with the terror bombings in Russia as provocations by the FSB.