Army chief in London: UK urged to act against HuT, Baloch separatists

Published: January 15, 2015
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General Raheel Sharif reviews guard of honour in London. PHOTO: APP

General Raheel Sharif reviews guard of honour in London. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: 

Army chief General Raheel Sharif has urged the British government to take action against the banned outfit Hizbut Tahrir (HuT) and Baloch separatist leaders who are stirring trouble in Pakistan. He raised the issue with British authorities during his visit to London on Wednesday.

On the first day of his three-day official trip, the army chief visited 10 Downing Street and met British Prime Minister David Cameron. He also held talks with British Secretary of Defence Michael Fallen and other senior officials.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj-Gen Asim Salim Bajwa, who is travelling with the army chief, confirmed that Gen Raheel called for action against proscribed organisations and anti-Pakistan elements operating from outside the country. The army chief also called for measures to choke the financing of these groups, the chief military spokesman said.

A senior security official, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Express Tribune that the army chief specifically took up the issue of HuT, which has a strong presence in the UK.

Over the past few years, HuT, which is banned in Pakistan, has infiltrated the military significantly. In 2012, at least four military officers, including a brigadier, were convicted for having links with the banned Hizbut Tahrir. Pakistan believes that despite being a proscribed organisation, the group is getting funding from other countries including the UK.

This was the first time that any top Pakistani official took up the issue with British authorities calling for tough action against HuT, which seeks a pan-Islamic state or caliphate. The organisation is also proscribed in many countries apart from Pakistan.

The official also disclosed that Gen Raheel asked British authorities to take action against the Baloch separatist leaders who were operating from London and working against Pakistan’s interest. Hyrbyair Marri, the head of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), is currently residing in the UK and often issues statements about the unrest in Baluchistan.

The BLA is one of several separatist groups involved in a deadly insurgency in Balochistan since 2004. The BLA has claimed responsibility for a number of gun and bomb attacks on security forces, government installations and innocent civilians, especially those settled in Balochistan from other provinces.

The official pointed out that fighting terrorism was not the responsibility of Pakistan alone but also of other countries. He said Pakistan had already shown its willingness to take action against all terrorist groups without any discrimination.

According to the ISPR, the army chief during his meeting with British authorities also discussed the current regional security situation, including Afghanistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Ahmed
    Jan 15, 2015 - 2:47AM

    This news clearly shows that the current political govt is not serious about war on terror, its only Army who is fighting.

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  • SuperNeo
    Jan 15, 2015 - 2:48AM

    Pounds are coming

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  • Saleem
    Jan 15, 2015 - 2:58AM

    I am glad someone has guts to take up issue with Banana Republic which has terrorists from all over the world sitting on its soil.

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  • George
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:13AM

    The best thing happened in Pakistan is General Raheel as Chief of Army.

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  • just_someone
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:25AM

    If he didnt wear a uniform, I would want him to run for office since he is the kind of person we need to run the country…

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  • Vinsin
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:53AM

    Britain should be declare as a terrorist state.

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  • pak47
    Jan 15, 2015 - 4:10AM

    Now does ‘wastage of tax payers money’ come down only to PM when he goes abroad ?

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  • salman
    Jan 15, 2015 - 4:11AM

    Good! Looks like Raheel alone is running the show while Nawaz is just there for the sake of it

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  • Nextstep
    Jan 15, 2015 - 6:15AM

    Good work. Now go to Saudi Arabia, Iran and UAE and also tell them to stop funding different so called sectarian organisations in the name of religion. Then go to France, Germany, and US and ask them to check the development funds they give to there friends in Afghanistan to stop them from leaking to Taliban. Then remove all the slums from islamabad and other cities and keep check on the tableegis because they keep bringing ignorant religious scholars to almost every other mosque in the country. When you are done with this then convert madrasahs step by step into modern schools. While you are doing this do not sleep on the border on all sides.

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  • ajeet
    Jan 15, 2015 - 8:29AM

    What about the Kashmiri extremists in Britain?

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  • Ashraf
    Jan 15, 2015 - 8:52AM

    Foreign Minister and Chief of Army – 2 in 1.

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  • Lobe
    Jan 15, 2015 - 9:14AM

    Pakistan should first fight against. LeT JuD, Haqqani Network, Afgan Taliban, LeJ rather than asking others to do the same.

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  • GoodMan!
    Jan 15, 2015 - 9:24AM

    No one could be more appropriate than the man the proved his metal, who picked up the shield to protect Pak from all sorts of terror! I am very happy that he did, regardless of anti-Pak bikering by the enemies of Pak. You the Man of the hour, Gen. Sharif!

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  • Jan 15, 2015 - 9:33AM

    This matter should have been taken up my the political administration. Sad that Army Chief has to do their job as well. Shame on our PM.

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  • Proud Pakistani Baluch
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:04AM

    BLA are terrorists backed by India trying to stop development of Baluchistan.

    They are no different from the IRA was in the 1970s but they have probably murdered more innocent civillians.

    Britain and Pakistan should strengthen their relationship accross the board – step one is to legally address the alleged terror suspects in both countries.

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  • Wajahat
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:41AM

    @Proud Pakistani Baluch:

    Together we will eradicate all these Indian supported terrorists Inshallah!

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  • Jan 15, 2015 - 11:17AM

    @just_someone: Fully agree with you. Salams
    Yes! General Raheel means business! Pakistanis must fully support him and strengthen his hands. Salams

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  • Abdul
    Jan 15, 2015 - 1:40PM

    HuT is non millitant organisation and not any crimnal record in Pak then why its banned in Pak and not in UK.

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  • Anon
    Jan 15, 2015 - 2:22PM

    @Wajahat:

    ……and we will keep only those who benefit us, right ?

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  • FaceTheTruth
    Jan 16, 2015 - 8:07PM

    If I was believing any Indian political & RAW based claims so far, I am not going to… anymore! I’m really disappointed in Indian persistent & outright hate for the existence of Pakistan. I did my research by Indian leadership claims, the skewed sentiments of their majority, RAW Agenda & their activities against Muslims everywhere. Indian Defamation of Pak Citizens in India, Pakistan and overseas, censoring their own human rights violations but spreading any small incident in Pak as Global Issue.

    Folks! We have no reason to keep fooling ourself for “NOTHING”! If our leaders can’t open their eye; Dump Them! But Pak Public has to take charge of the Future of their Children and Grand Children to enjoy a peaceful Pakistan in their life-time, instead of living like us.

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  • hamza
    Jan 17, 2015 - 2:27PM

    Just a strong states men is required to pressurise British authorities against Baloch presence for me a nice begning of talk from Our side this time UK exactly knows about are hold from Gawadar to Dubai which must be pleased to Get fruitful results for their economy

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