17 June 2015, 18:41
Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan urges President Rahmon to stop govt pressure on it
Dushanbe, June 17, Interfax - Tajikistan's biggest opposition party, the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRP), believes that it is exposed to unprecedented pressure and slander and in this context has addressed Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.
"Our appeal to you is an exceptional measure and amounts to the Political Council of the IRP expressing its extreme concern about the pressure, threats, slander, open and covert offenses by government bodies with regard to party members and officials," an open letter to the president circulated on Wednesday says.
Earlier the party sought protection from the Interior Ministry, the Prosecutor General's Office, the Supreme Court, the National Security Committee but "did not receive intelligible answers to its queries from them," the letter says.
In the party's opinion, "pressure and offenses with regard to the party are so open that they cannot be concealed from the eyes of the public, local or foreign experts. This has led to a situation when government bodies have stopped respecting laws," the party believes.
"Isn't it high time to look for sources of manifestations of extremism and terrorism in government bodies, in law enforcement in particular, not in IRP, clergy or mosques? Or should we wait for several more officers and other officials from these bodies to join terrorist groups?" the message says.
In the March 1 parliamentary elections for the first time in the history of Tajikistan IRP failed to win a single seat in the national legislature.
Immediately after the announcement of the election returns the party leader, Muhiddin Kabiri, left Tajikistan. Officially he is touring Europe taking part in several international conferences and delivering lectures in colleges and universities. Unofficial reports say the party leadership fears Kabiri may be arrested and advises him against returning home so far.