By Amir Mir
ISLAMABAD – The shadow of militant group Hizbul Tehrir (HuT) looms large in the interrogations of Pakistan army Brigadier Ali Khan and four majors who have revealed senior military officers planned to lead a coup against the government in Islamabad in an attempt to convert the country into a pure Islamic state by reviving the Khilafat (caliphate) system envisaged by the al-Qaeda-linked organization.
The officers are being interrogated in the garrison town of Rawalpindi by the Special Investigation Branch of the Military Intelligence (MI) after their arrest for suspected ties to militant organizations, reinforcing fears that the Pakistan’s armed forces have been infiltrated at all levels by al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked Islamic extremists.
The detained officers have conceded that they were in touch with the HuT, which had incited them to launch a rebellion against the country’s military and political leadership over what they see as pro-American policies. Investigators have concluded that HuT has the same objectives as al-Qaeda – the enforcement of Islamic rule in accordance with sharia(Islamic laws) in Muslim-majority countries and the restoration of an Islamic caliphate.
Instead of recognizing the Khalifat which has been blessed to Muslims by Almighty God, these Politically motivated Mullahs want to make a Khalifa amongst themselves. What a pity? Recently distributed leaflet by HuT to Pakistani elite of Army for the formation of Khalifat reads:
“You are currently leading the largest and most capable Muslim armed forces in the world. The Muslim armed forces alone have the material strength to establish the Khilafah. As such, you are duty bound to establish an Islamic state in Madinah [the Saudi city]. You must move now to uproot Pakistan’s traitor rulers. For even though the weaknesses of America and India are more evident than ever before, Pakistan’s traitor rulers are racing to extend support to them, using the considerable resources of the Muslims to do so …
The traitor rulers are allying with the infidels, as if this was the source of strength and well-being for the Muslims. In reality, their alliance with the infidels is a source of fragility, weakness, despair and humiliation. Allah said, “The tale of those who seek allies other than Allah is that of a spider who builds a house; but indeed, the weakest of houses is the spider’s house – if they but knew.” (Surah al-Ankaboot 29:41).
The picture in the post reveals the ugly face of militant Islam and the dangers that are inherent in not handling the issues in a political and academic way. Military solutions only create greater sympathy for the militant organizations. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is ever ready to help with the academic solutions to militancy in Islam and has done so since its very inception 125 years ago.