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Hizb-ut-Tahrir radicalising Afghan youth, says Abdullah

KABUL: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said Hizbu-ut-Tahrir was a civil branch of terrorist groups and had infiltrated many academic institutes in Afghanistan, radicalising the youth.

Presiding over a Cabinet meeting, Abdullah expressed his concern over the increasing activities of the group and said today’s Cabinet meeting would assess the Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s nature of activities in the country.

He said the organisation had enormous activities in Afghanistan societies, particularly targeting the youth, but the organisation was under observation of security organs. Abdullah regretted that no strict measures had been taken against the group so far.

Hizbu-ut-Tahrir was established in 1953 by Taqiuddin Albahani, a Palestinian scholar in Jerusalem with the goal of all Muslim countries unifying as an Islamic State or caliphate ruled by Islamic law  (sharia) and with a caliph  head of state elected by Muslims.

The organization is active in central Asian countries, Afghanistan and South Asian countries. Some countries has banned the organisation and its activities.

There have been complaints about Hizb-ut-Tahrir activities in a number of Kabul universities and other provinces, but it was for the first time that a senior government official expressed his concern about the issue.

However, the CEO said political activities were allowed in the country, but Hizb-ut-Tahrir was not a political party rather a terrorists-affiliated group. (PAN)

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