There are indications that internal differences over strategy and tactics are threatening the cohesion of the underground radical Islamic organization Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Central Asia. Internecine rivalries could hasten the emergence of violent splinter groups, regional observers say.
To date, Hizb-ut-Tahrir has utilized non-violent methods, in particular the distribution of anti-government leaflets, in promoting its stated goal; the overthrow of the existing political order in Central Asian states. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive]. Information on the inner workings of the organization is sketchy, but there is evidence that dissatisfaction with the non-violent approach is growing within the Hizb leadership.
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Alisher Khamidov is a PhD Candidate at School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C..