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Activization of Hizb-ut-Takhrir and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is reported in Tajikistan

16.10.2006 15:13 msk

INTERFAX news agency

Politics Tajikistan

Abdurahim Kaharov, Senior Deputy Interior Minister of Tajikistan, said at his press conference in Dushanbe on October 16 that Hizb-ut-Takhrir and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan activists had gone active in the country.

According to Kaharov, the Interior Ministry thwarted ten terrorist acts in Tajikistan in the first nine months of the year. "We've been aware of activeness of Hizb-ut-Takhrir and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan on the territory of Tajikistan for some time now. Activeness or not, we do not ascribe it to the forthcoming election of the president," Kaharov said. As far as Kaharov is concerned, Hizb-ut-Takhrir has not abandoned its objective of "establishment of an Islamic caliphate in Central Asia by means of overthrow of the constitutional regimes by force."

The Tajik Interior Ministry detained 48 Hizb-ut-Takhrir members in the first nine months of the year. The police confiscated 2 computers, a printer, 404 books, 908 brochures, and more than 15,000 extremist flyers.

Kaharov said that very many Hizb-ut-Takhrir activists were simultaneously members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and vice versa - because "these structures share goals that are fairly similar and propaganda of one structure [Hizb-ut-Takhrir] is backed by the military order and weapons of the other [Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan]."

Hizb-ut-Takhrir was established in Palestine in 1952 to topple constitutional regimes in Moslem countries and establish a caliphate, a common Islamic state.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was established in 1996 with headquarters in Kandahar (Afghanistan). It operates in Uzbekistan, but its members get picked up in nearby Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan calls for overthrow of Central Asian government and establishment of Islamic states.

Both parties are listed as extremist and terrorist in some countries, including Central Asian ones.

According to the Tajik Prosecutor General's Office, 74 criminal cases were instigated against 99 activists of the extremist parties in 2005 (2% more than a year ago). Forty-two activists of the religious extremist parties were arrested in Tajikistan this year.

The Interior Ministry has put its servicemen on alert pending the presidential election on November 6. The situation is reported well in hand.