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Hundreds Of UK Muslims To Protest Today Against Musharraf Regime


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London, UK, December 6 2004 – Muslims from across the UK will protest against the Musharraf regime today [December 6th] when President Musharraf meets with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and later addresses a gathering of UK Pakistanis in Central London. Demonstrations will also take place at other events where President Musharraf will be in attendance including a lecture at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a gathering of UK Pakistanis in Manchester on Tuesday [December 7th].

The demonstrations are organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir, a leading global Islamic political party, and will draw attention to Pakistan’s lack of independence under the Musharraf regime and the continued subservience of Musharraf to foreign powers.

Nadeem Ajaib Khan, an organiser of the demonstrations, said, “Musharraf has dutifully carried out Bush’s demands – he has sold out over Kashmir, has permitted American forces to establish bases in Pakistan, has legitimised the occupation of Iraq, has provided logistical support and intelligence to US forces in Afghanistan and has surrendered control over Pakistan’s economy to multinationals.”

“Despite his subservience, on his recent trip to the US, he was publicly rebuked over Kashmir and the ’war on terror’ and told not to expect any favours from the Bush administration.”

Dr Imran Waheed, a UK based doctor and the Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, “These demonstrations show the massive unease with a regime that calls upon the butchers of Baghdad, Blair and Bush, to solve the Kashmir and Palestine issues. We will be calling for the re-establishment of the Islamic Khilafah [Caliphate] which will end Pakistan’s subservience to foreign colonialist powers and unify the Muslim world into a single state.”

“Hizb ut-Tahrir can see the Khilafah on the horizon – now is the time for the Muslims of Pakistan, particularly the people of power and influence, to remove the weak Musharraf and establish the Islamic Khilafah.”

The Downing Street protest will take place TODAY at 10 a.m. GMT and the later protest will convene at 8.00 p.m. GMT at The London Hilton, 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE.

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Notes to Editors:

Hi-res photos will be available immediately after the demonstrations from the campaign website: www.stopbusharraf.com

Hizb ut-Tahrir is an independent Islamic political party. The party works throughout the Islamic world, including Pakistan, to resume the Islamic way of life by re-establishing the Islamic Khilafah [Caliphate. The party adheres to Islamic law in all aspects of its work and considers violence or armed struggle against the regime, as a method to re-establish the Islamic State, to be forbidden by Islamic law. In the Western world, the party seeks to explain the Islamic ideology to Muslims, to create a dialogue with Western thinkers and to present a positive image of Islam to Western society.



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