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PESHAWAR, Nov 19: The Frontier chapter of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir has asked the government to set free all those arrested by the police after a pro-Taliban rally on Oct 26 in Lahore, including Naveed Butt, a spokesman for the Hizb.

Speaking to newsmen here at the Peshawar Press Club on Monday, Zulfiqar Ahmed, also a Hizb spokesman in Peshawar, said that Hizb had reminded the armed forces to do their Islamic duty and crush the “American crusaders” at its peaceful rally on Oct 26 in Lahore.

The rally was peaceful and none of Hizb workers had committed a terrorist act. Mr Butt was not present at the rally. The police arrested him along with three others before the rally started its march. It was a pro-Taliban rally, which had been organised to expose the ant-Muslim agenda of the US and its western allies, he added.

HE SAID: “Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a political party which believes in peaceful political struggle for the restoration of the Khilafah. It abhors all forms of terrorism against humanity”.

Sensing people’s increasing support for the Hizb, the agents of the US imperialism had started a crackdown on Hizb followers in Islamic countries, he added.

He said implicating Naveed Butt in a terrorism act was nothing but an attempt to harass and intimidate Hizb’s followers in Pakistan.