KABUL: The Afghan government outlawed Hizb ut-Tahrir, a pan-Islamist organization’s activities, arguing that it has not been registered by the ministry of justice.
Vice President, AMrullah Saleh, wrote Sunday on Facebook that the “government of Afghanistan doesn’t recognize Hizb ut-Tahrir”. He added that any activities of the “unbeknown and illegal network” would be banned.
The Beirut-based organization has notable supporters in Afghanistan and its neighboring states. It follows the pan-Islamism ideology and tries to re-establish the Islamic Caliphate with the aim of reuniting Muslim countries. The organization has been outlawed in many Muslim countries and their members have been arrested or are in wanted lists.
Saleh stated that some of the organization’s activists are in close collusion with terrorist groups, adding that a policy would be made for legally encountering its activists.
“Until that time, all those who are close to the Hizb ut-Tahrir are informed to stop anti-government propaganda and activities,” he wrote.
The Hizb ut-Tahrir wrote on its website that they would have no problems with being registered by the government of Afghanistan if there are no anti-Islamic conditions. The organization claims that Afghanistan puts accepting of its Constitution as the condition to register it. The organization accuses Afghanistan Constitution of “clear contrasts to Islamic orders”.
The Hizb ut-Tahrir has lately beefed up activities in Afghanistan and its members have changed their Facebook profiles with the slogan of “Create Caliphate”. Some of its members held gatherings in Herat province in the west and had meetings with government officials.
Some government officials had blamed the November attack on Kabul University on the Hizb ut-Tahrir. The attack claimed by the Daesh terrorist group killed at least 22 students while some 40 were wounded.
Both Taliban and Hizb ut-Tahrir denied having hands in the attack, with the latter stating that they hate any types of terror not only in Afghanistan but also in the entire Muslim society.
Abdullah Abdullah, head of reconciliation council had also said earlier that Hizb ut-Tahrir was active as a civil branch of terrorist groups in Afghanistan.