Brigadier detained for having links to banned organisation: Report

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    ISLAMABAD: A senior military officer posted at army headquarters has been taken into custody and is being investigated for having ties to a banned organisation.

    According to a report on the BBC Urdu website on Tuesday, Brigadier Ali Khan, posted with the Regulation Directorate at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, had gone ‘missing’ a month and a half back.

    Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Athar Abbas told Reuters that Khan was linked to Hizbul Tehrir, a banned group in Pakistan.

    “We follow zero tolerance policy of such activities within the military therefore prompt action was taken on detection,” Abbas said.

    Hizbul Tehrir, or “Party of Liberation”, is a radical political group dedicated to reestablishing an Islamic Caliphate across the Muslim world. Active in Britain, it is banned in many Muslim countries for its calls to overthrow the sitting governments.

    Abbas said efforts were also being made to arrest members of the group who were in contact with Khan.

    Sources close to Khan’s family revealed he had not returned home on May 6. Senior military officers had told the family that he had been held back to answer some questions and that he would return soon.

    However, Khan’s family remained reluctant to talk to the media and approach the court for this case.

    An officer on the condition of anonymity said that an official charge sheet against Khan has not surfaced but he is being investigated by the Special Investigative Branch (SIB).

    Khan’s father was a junior-commissioned officer in the army and his brother is a serving colonel posted with an intelligence agency. His son-in-law and son are both captains in the army.

    A senior military source said that the arrest of an officer with loyalty to the army stretching to three generations had become a worrisome issue for the army. Another officer linked to the case said that army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani had personally given the order of Khan’s arrest.

    Khan would be the highest-ranking serving army officer arrested in a decade.
    Brigadier detained for having links to banned organisation: Report – The Express Tribune
     
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    Coming on the heels of reports of senior staff being dissatisfied with General Kayani, we can expect some more action. Also with the 3 years extension to Gen.Kayani and the 1 year extension to ISI Chief Pasha, there would be many senior officers whose careers have come to an abrupt dead end.
     
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