Kyrgyzstan's central government is keeping up the pressure on suspected Islamic radicals, in particular members the underground group Hizb-ut-Tahrir. The crackdown is not only squeezing Islamic radicals, it's also placing many local officials in southern Kyrgyzstan in a bind.
Despite zero-tolerance legislation for members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir and other alleged radical groups, some local officials admit they are reluctant to strictly enforce central government policies. The Islamists, after all, are their neighbors, relatives and constituents, they explain.
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Alisher Khamidov is a writer based in southern Kyrgyzstan.