Political Islam in Pakistan: ‘Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the National Security Dilemma’

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Abstract:

This paper explores Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT), the transnational Islamist political party which aims to resume the Islamic way of life through the establishment of the Caliphate. Focusing on the Pakistan chapter of HT, this paper highlights why HT should not be categorised as just another Islamic party in Pakistan; it presents thorough political systems, a defined culture, a distinct methodology, and a political discourse which has attracted some of the brightest minds in Pakistan. Furthermore, the paper will investigate the organisational capacity of HT and the level to which it has been able to penetrate society, in particular critical institutions such as education and the military. This will allow an overall assessment to be made on the level and extent of HT’s security threat to Pakistan.

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