Abdul Qayoum, the head of Hizb ut-Tahrir which has been accused of encouraging the youth to join insurgent groups has been arrested by the National Directorate of Security (NDS).
The head of Hizb ut-Tahrir which has allegedly been distributing books and pamphlets promoting extremist ideas and encouraging people to join militants groups and of threatening people in western Nimroz province has been arrested. Documents in his possession were also seized, said the NDS in a statement.
The move comes just days after CEO Abdullah Abdullah said at the Council of Ministers (COM) meeting that the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization is actively encouraging young people to join insurgent groups. Abdullah said this group is not a political party but an informal body among insurgent groups and conducts covert activities in Afghanistan.
He said nothing much has been done in the past to stop the activities of this group but government is now taking the matter seriously and investigating the group.
"An organization under the name of Hizb-ut-Tahrir is operating with in the academic environment and at a community level particularly among the youth. The group constitutes the unofficial or civilian branch of insurgent groups that motivate the young generation and the people to move toward terror activities," Abdullah said.
The Ministry of Justice has acknowledged that despite not being licensed to carry out activities, the group is active in numerous provinces.
The group is believed to be very active in the West, particularly in the United Kingdom, and is also active in several Arab and Central Asian countries, despite being banned by some governments. The group also has a growing presence in North America, known as Hizb ut-tahrir America.
Hizb ut-Tahrir believes the re-establishment of caliphate would provide stability and security to both Muslims and non-Muslims in the predominantly Muslim regions of the world. The party promotes a detailed program for institution of a caliphate that would establish Sharia Law and carry "the Da'wah of Islam" to the world. Hizb ut-Tahrir is also strongly anti-Zionist and calls for the State of Israel, which it calls an illegal entity, to be dismantled.