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Hizb ut-Tahrir; unarmed section of terrorist groups

By: Lailuma Noori

Afghanistan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh says Hizb ut-Tahrir is not registered in the country’s ministry of justice; therefore, any activity of the party is illegal until its legal problem is addressed.
He added that some activists from the group have a similar mindset to those in terrorist groups. He warns supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir to stop anti-government activity and propaganda.
According to the country’s first vice president, it is determined that a policy for taking legal action with members and activists of the group will be debated in near future. Salih said that the group’s members have been asked to avoid holding gatherings and propaganda against the government.
“The party will not have the right to hold gatherings or create propaganda.
In other words, this party is not recognized by the government of Afghanistan,” Saleh stressed.
Based on reports, the party is operating in most of countries mostly in Islamic countries. A number of countries consider the party and group as a terrorist group and have declared its activities as illegal.
Hizb ut-Tahrir considers each Islamic country as one of the provinces of Islamic Caliphate and is operating everywhere.
According to reports, the party is operating mostly among youth as most of its members are students of universities. The law and sharia faculties of universities are said to be the main centers of members of the party.
In the past 18 years, various political and social parties and groups have developed in Afghanistan.
Most of these parties and groups are not registered and are operating illegally in the country. Although the ministry of justice has introduced a new framework for operation and activities of political and social parties and organizations, the mechanism and law has not been able to prevent from illegally operation of most of organizations.
besides that Hizb ut-Tahrir is operating illegally in Afghanistan, there are lots of groups and organizations which are active in most of learning centers and universities to promote violence and fundamentalism in the country.
It is time that the government should take action to prevent from operation of such organizations and groups promoting extremism and fundamentalism in the country’s universities.
On the other hand, the education curriculum of religious centers and universities causing expansion of fundamentalism and extremism should be controlled by the government, or at least their education curriculum should be reviewed.
Based on reports, Hizb ut-Tahrir operates in Kapisa, Panjshir, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Herat and Ghor provinces and is encouraging youth in religious education centers and universities to join the party.
It is worth mentioning that Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international pan-Islamist and fundamentalist political organization that was established in 1953 and its stated aim is the re-establishment of the Islamic caliphate to unite the Muslim community and implement Shariah.

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