Agencies struggle to dismantle Hizb ut-Tahrir network

Attempts to break its communication links have so far met with failure.


Zia Khan August 08, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Security agencies are trying to dismantle a ‘multi-faceted’ communication network of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) but there has been little headway so far, a senior military official said months after some mid-ranked army officers were detained for alleged links with the banned organisation.

“Yes, we are at it… making efforts to dismantle whatever means they [HuT activists] are using to communicate with society and within the outfit,” the official told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity. “There has not been any major breakthrough yet.”

The official said that the organisation’s presence outside Pakistan was a key factor hindering the country’s spy agencies’ attempts to break links of HuT activists among themselves and with other people.

“It seems that the communication network is being operated from countries like the United Kingdom or some other European states where the outfit is not banned… that makes all the difference,” said the official in an apparent attempt to justify the so called ‘failure’.

The revelation came three months after Brigadier Ali Khan, a serving army officer, and some other unnamed personnel were detained for their alleged links with the HuT — an organisation that seeks to establish a caliphate in Pakistan by overthrowing the democratic government.

Subsequently, intelligence agencies launched a countrywide crackdown on HuT activists and some of its activists – allegedly the masterminds behind its ‘highly sophisticated cyber warfare’ – were picked up from different parts of the country.

The arrest last month of a telecom engineer, Osama Hanif, from Islamabad was part of the campaign to dismantle the organisation’s technological network that still operates freely without any hindrance. The official also confirmed that some of the arrests of HuT activists were linked to efforts to block its communication but refused to give the exact number.

The HuT uses many platforms on the internet, cellular phones and written materials to send their message across despite a ban on its activities.

“Had it been an easy task, Americans would have contained al Qaeda’s cyber jihad… they are still operating freely 10 years after the [9/11] attack,” he explained.

Laxity and incapability

But experts who have been monitoring extremist outfits’ rise and fall in Pakistan appear to be differing in opinion from the official version.

“Their [agencies] focus seems to be countering them through human intelligence… they need to concentrate on modern cyber techniques,” said security analyst Amir Rana, who runs the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS), a think tank in Islamabad.

He, however, agreed that the fact that HuT was banned only by Pakistan and not the rest of the world aggravated the problem.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2011.

COMMENTS (40)

mahama | 10 years ago | Reply

@Pasha: rerrorist ! I think you mean the PK american puppet gove . as for Hizb ut tahrir .. we are for Islam to rule .. is that terrorism > we go about it by Dawah .. Talking and convoncing and standing tall against The Tyrans .. With Bare Hands .. Is that terrorism Happy ramadhan My Bro or Sist

Hameed | 10 years ago | Reply

@asdf

If you are a muslim then take a look at this:

إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلَامُ The Religion before Allah is Islam [3:19]

اتَّخَذُوا أَحْبَارَهُمْ وَرُهْبَانَهُمْ أَرْبَابًا مِّن دُونِ اللَّهِ وَالْمَسِيحَ ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا إِلَٰهًا وَاحِدًا ۖ لَّا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۚ سُبْحَانَهُ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ They (Jews and Christians) took their Rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah (by obeying them in things wish they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without being ordered by Allah), and (they also took as their lords) Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary), while they (Jews and Christians) were commanded (in the Torah and the Gospel) to worship none but one Ilah (God i.e. Allah), La Ilaha Illa Huwa (None has the right to be worshiped but He). Praise and glory is to Him(for above is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him). [9:31]

So in islam the sovereignty belongs to Allah (swt), so there really isn't much space for man-made laws.

If you're a non-muslim, then you should consider an alternative to worshipping what man made, namely the One who made man.

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