The UK-based Daily Mail claimed online, on 24th February that, “The Indian Mujahideen is helping al-Qaeda to run a separate module in India, as part of the home-grown terror outfit’s efforts to go global by establishing strong links with radical groups like the Taliban and Hizb ut Tahrir”.
The Daily Mail article began with the text quoted above and went on to offer some tenuous discussion points relating to supposed links between ‘Indian Muhahideen’ and two other groups mentioned: al-Qaeda and Taliban, but strangely, the article did not attempt to offer any semblance of evidence for a link with Hizb ut Tahrir, and did not even mention Hizb ut Tahrir further. It seems that Hizb ut Tahrir’s name was used in the beginning of the article as a spice to be sprinkled on top of a sloppy story as a desperate attempt to increase the Daily Mail’s own global ambitions of appealing to a wider readership.
While we bear no grudge against the Daily Mail’s attempts at widening its readership, we do not accept this to be done at the expense of distorting the public’s awareness about Hizb ut Tahrir’s avowedly political agenda. Therefore, we hereby re-affirm that Hizb ut Tahrir is an independent, global political party that does not have any links with other groups, except as part of offering advice and guidance to all Muslims of the awareness about the need for political change through peaceful political and intellectual activity.
The Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir
Thursday, 19 Jumada I 1435 AH
Issue No : 1435 AH /024