Posts tagged ‘Islamic’

July 1, 2011

Pakistanis should go ‘to the streets’ for Islamic rule: Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir won international attention when Pakistan’s army said on June 22 it was questioning four majors about alleged links to the party, following the arrest in May of a brigadier suspected of having such ties. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LONDON: Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global extremist party banned in many Muslim states, said on Friday Pakistanis should take to the streets to call for Islamic rule and join a campaign to end subservience to Washington that was advancing “from Indonesia to Tunisia”.

The party, which says it is non-violent but is accused by some analysts of seeking a coup in Islamabad, added that “powerful factions” in Pakistani society including the military should also take part, but violence had no place in its work.

Hizb ut-Tahrir won international attention when Pakistan’s army said on June 22 it was questioning four majors about alleged links to the party, following the arrest in May of a brigadier suspected of having such ties.

Brigadier Ali Khan, whose lawyer has denied the allegations, was the highest-ranking serving officer arrested in a decade.

The Pakistan army is under pressure to remove extremist sympathisers in its ranks after US forces found and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2.

In an interview, party spokesman Taji Mustafa said the party sought to emulate the creation of the first Islamic state in what is now Saudi Arabia by “winning public opinion in favour of Islam” through discussions, marches and rallies.

The party worked “to motivate all sections of society to express their determined will, such that they take to the streets and demand the Islamic Caliphate system.”

The party and its goal of an Islamic ruler, or Caliph, who implements sharia law posed no threat to Pakistan, said Mustafa, based in Britain, where the party is not banned.

“The threat to Pakistan comes from Zardari, Kayani and Gilani who support drone strikes that kill their own citizens, and who collude with a US-led war of terror,” he said, referring to the president, army chief and prime minister.

Powerful factions

Security analysts say the party, not normally seen as a top security threat, has struggled to win mass support in Pakistan and focuses its message on the army since a coup would be the easiest way to oust the civilian government.

The party’s Pakistan branch issued a statement earlier in June saying Muslims all over the world, or the “Ummah”, were looking to Pakistan’s army to provide support for the party’s goal of setting up an Islamic state, or Caliphate (Khilafah).

Asked to comment, Mustafa said the party’s search for their support was not aimed at obtaining armed backing since that “contradicts our method for bringing about change.”

“Seeking nusrah (support) was a practice of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) when he worked to establish the first Islamic state in Medina,” he said.

“It is to ask the powerful factions in society – including the military – to support our call for the implementation of the Khilafah system, to side with the people and to stop propping up the current treacherous regime which is using the military to fight its own citizens as it supports America’s war and drone strikes – something that is hugely unpopular.”

Mustafa said that globally the party operated in more than 40 countries, both Muslim-majority and -minority countries. It sought to bring the former under a Caliphate. In the latter, it sought to preserve a strong Islamic identity among Muslims.

“Despite the attempts of several Western-backed rulers to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir in parts of the Muslim world, our call for the Khilafah system is gaining traction by the day from Indonesia to Tunisia,” he said.

His remark echoes those of many organisations that portray this year’s Arab uprisings against political despotism and economic stagnation as inspired by religion. Many Arabs say religious groups have played only a minimal role.

June 30, 2011

admission in PhD International Islamic University

PhD admissions & ineligible students

‘Ineligible students’ given admission in PhD
Islamabad, June 28 The International Islamic University (IIU) has allegedly violated the admission rules in PhD and granted admission to some students without following the basic criteria.

According to well-placed sources, many students have been allowed to get admission in PhD despite the fact that they have not completed their M.Phil, which is mandatory for getting admission in PhD. “The blue-eyed students have completed their one year coursework of PhD before completing their M.Phil thesis,” they alleged.

According to the set standards of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), it is mandatory for a student to have M.Phil degree before getting admission in PhD in any discipline. But the university has allegedly ignored the criteria by giving admissions to ineligible students in the Department of Political Sciences during the academic session 2010-2011.

Sources revealed that the admissions for PhD opened in July 2010 for which an advertisement was published in newspapers. It was clearly mentioned in the advertisement that a candidate needs to have 60% marks or three CGPA in M.Phil.

Sources alleged that Faculty of Social Sciences Dean and Department of Political Science Chairman Dr. Nazarul Islam have exploited his powers and gave admissions to some of his favourite students despite severe disagreement by some members of the admission committee.

As many as 14 out of 20 students were declared eligible for PhD – 10 male and four female. Except for two, all were internal candidates (students of IIU) who have not allegedly completed their M.Phil before getting admission in PhD.

Sources alleged that two students have completed their M.Phil in January 2011 while rest of the students have not completed their thesis of M.Phil till May 2011 despite the fact that they have completed their PhD coursework during September 2010 to May 2011.

The more astonishing fact is that after the completion of PhD coursework, the process of viva of M.Phil of these students has been started. According to university rules, no one could be a student of two courses at a time.

Sources claimed that two members of the admission committee strongly resisted the decision of Dr. Nazar regarding violation of admission rules but he didn’t listen to them.

Dr Nazarul Islam, who has recently left the post of chairman of the Political Science Department, when contacted said that no violation of rules has been done in PhD admissions. “There is a special rule for internal candidates that they could get admission in PhD after completing their coursework. Thesis could be conducted after getting admission in PhD,” he said.

However, officials of the university believe that no such rule has ever been introduced for internal students. “Have there been such a rule, it’s a clear violation of HEC rules,” they said.

Sources alleged that the relevant officials of the university have misused the provision of ‘result awaited’ students. “It has been written in the advertisement that the ‘result awaited’ students could apply. But it doesn’t mean that those who have not completed their thesis could apply,” they said. They lamented that by giving admissions to ineligible internal students many eligible external students have failed to get admission in the university.