Thursday, August 4
Hizb-ut-Tahrir's soft corners in bureaucracy
In yet another clandestine move, banned radical outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir is reaching out to the bureaucracy, and it is finding soft corners as well, while the intelligence agencies are yet to start strenuous exercise for screening the babus.
The officialdom, which is supposed to be neutral having no motivational religious or political inclinations, has been palpable to various influences, while it has been not a point of concern for the top men of the administration. Even now, the radical elements are quite visible in entering the official power corridors sans being scanned properly. Now the situation is that of adversely affecting the uniformity of the service, which should look beyond any idealistic concerns and addressing a particular working group aiming to ‘bring a change in the political administration of the country.
As per sources both in the administration and the Hizb, the outfit has been ‘spreading its message’ for quite some time now, and it is gearing up its working to spread its tentacles in all spheres of public functioning especially, from military to bureaucracy to leaders and workers of political parties and men of social influence.
The official sources have observed that well-versed in their ideology, the English-speaking Hizb workers are making headway since their sympathisers could be found in all tiers of the government. When questioned about the percentage of officials under the influence of various ideologies, specifically the Hizb, the source could not divulge the exact number, but was of the considered opinion that the influence was really huge.
Senior officials are aware about the recent developments when the military had detained its officers for alleged links with the Hizb, and the warning of the intelligence agencies that the banned outfit was seeking support from ‘like-minded’ elements in all tiers of the society. He mentioned a correspondence of the Punjab police and the agencies where it had been asserted that the outfit was also attempting a ‘deep infiltration’ in the academia as well besides other sections. “The urgency is known to top men that ‘appropriate’ steps should be taken for controlling the group which was incessantly calling for establishing Khilafat in Pakistan by overthrowing the popularly elected governments,” he said, while further hinting at ‘suspicious’ activities of the Hizb at various levels, particularly in Punjab. “We have urged law-enforcement agencies to take preventive and pre-emptive measures to avert any untoward nexus by identifying and apprehending the miscreants and their coterie,” he asserted.
On the other hand, when a Hizb worker was quizzed the same, he was blunt in asserting, “If one wants to gauge our level of working and to know who are with us, ask your government to lift ban slammed on us for no reasons.” About giving a safe estimate of number, he averred that there were enough people required for a change. He added that the Hizb was working in all spheres of the society, including bureaucracy. He mentioned that ‘water tight compartmentalisation in the Hizb’ had been done in order to keep the secrecy so that different areas of working could carryout their functions without being noticed and the Hizb men did not stay contact with each other.
He was of the point of view that the babus were being convinced that problem lied in the incorrigible system. “Instead of correcting the system, the Hizb is trying to change the system since we believe that the complications are inherent to the present working,” he mentioned, while asserting that the Khilafat was only possible in Pakistan.
He further told this scribe that many Hizb members had come to Pakistan from Britain, and had penetrated various tiers of governance. “Arrests will not make any difference,” he observed.
About launching an armed manoeuvre, he plainly made it clear that “No guns till the establishment of the Khilafat.”
“The end,” the Hizb believes, “is neigh since nothing can stop us now.”