Pakistanis View Hizb-ut-Tahrir as European Import

by Laurence on 10/7/2004

Differing from reports by groups like Human Rights Watch in Uzbekistan, this Reuters article by Amir Zia points out that Pakistanis view Hizb-ut-Tahrir as an artificial Western import.

The article notes that the extremist organization is based in London, and that its leadership in Pakistan comes from England. Here’s what Andrew Sullivan likes to call the money quote:

Ahmed Rashid, author of a book on the Afghan Taliban, said Hizb was a movement based in Europe.
“Young Muslims living in the West get exposure to their culture through religion.
“I don’t think they have any real popular support. Given the enormous number of Islamic schools and parties, it is difficult for someone like Hizb, which is seen as an import from England, to come in the field and make room for itself.”

When I was in Uzbekistan, it appeared that there was more support for Hizb-ut-Tahrir on the part of Westerners and NGOs than among Uzbeks. Apparently, Pakistanis feel the same way, according to Rashid and Reuters.


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