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Hizb ut-Tahir al-Islami Bangladesh

Hizb ut-Tahrir Tahrir (Islamic Party of Liberation), a transnational Islamic movement, was founded in Jerusalem in 1953 by Tokiuddin Al Nakhani. It took roots in Bangladesh in 2000, came to prominence in 2001 after the US twin-towers bombing, but was banned in 2009 for anti-state activities. The Bangladesh army revealed in January 2012, a coup was planned by a group of HUT influenced officers, but it failed.

HT believes in Ummatic concept (global Muslim brotherhood, not the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) movement). The website declares that : "It aims to revive the Islamic Ummah from the severe decline that it had reached, and to liberate it from the thoughts, systems and laws of Kufr, as well as the domination and influence of the Kufr states. It also aims to restore the Islamic Khilafah State so that the ruling by what Allah revealed returns."

Tahrir's Bangladesh chief coordinator claimed in 2009 that they had units at all divisional headquarters and had around 10,000 members. Hizb ut-Tahrir appeared in Bangladesh as one of the most controversial Islamist organisations because of its vigorous provocative campaigns against not only the government's role, but also against the US, Britain and some other countries. Its campaigns often provoked people into violence against the outfit's enemies.

Despite its campaigns through leaflets and posters, the activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh came to the notice of law enforcers after the grenade attack on the then British high commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury at Hazrat Shah Jalal's Shrine in Sylhet on May 21, 2004.

The Bangladesh government finally imposed proscription on the transnational Islamic religious-political organization Hizbut-Tahrirs country chapter on 22 October 2009, for its 'anti-state', 'anti-government', 'anti-people' and 'anti-democratic' activities in the country. The government however, ruled out the possibility of charging Hizb ut-Tahrir- Bangladesh (HT-B) activists for their past offences in the country, but warned them of grim action if they continue their anti-state activities further. Despite the ban, the HT-B website was still active and operational.



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