Five ‘IS-linked’ navy officers get death sentence in dockyard attack case

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  1. Mikesingh

    Mikesingh Senior Member Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2015
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    ISLAMABAD: A Navy tribunal sentenced five officers to death in the Sept 6, 2014, Karachi Naval Dockyard attack case, father of one of the convicts said on Monday.

    Retired Major Saeed Ahmed told Dawn that in a trial his son, Sub-Lieutenant Hammad Ahmed, and four other naval officers had been convicted of the naval dockyard attack that took place on Defence Day around two years ago.

    He said the five were charged with having links with the militant Islamic State group, mutiny, hatching a conspiracy and carrying weapons in the dockyard.

    However, according to media reports, the attackers were purportedly planning to hijack the warship PNS Zulfiqar to use it in an attack on one of the US navy’s refuel ships. Two militants were killed and four others were apprehended by security personnel.

    In July 2015, the naval authorities informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that a ‘missing’ sub-lieutenant, Hafiz Ehsanullah Sajjad, was in their custody in connection with the naval dockyard attack case.

    Safia Ismail, the wife of the ‘missing’ officer, had filed a petition before the IHC stating that her husband was detained by the navy without any charge. She said that he was taken away from his residence in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Karachi, by “some people in plain clothes on the evening of Sept 6, 2014”.

    Meanwhile, officials of the Pakistan Navy’s directorate of public relations were not available when Dawn tried to contact them for official confirmation.

    The evidence is now overwhelming that the Pak military has been infiltrated at all levels by violent Islamists, including Taliban and al-Qaeda sympathizers. Islamist ideology is replacing strategy.

    This is bad news for the region especially India and Afghanistan. What if Pak's nukes are compromised? Yet, there has been little focus on de-radicalisation efforts within the Pak military.

    The increased use of religious language and symbolism in the forces began during the Zia era; however, today the problem has morphed into something far more complicated — and dangerous.
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  3. HariPrasad-1

    HariPrasad-1 Senior Member Senior Member

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    I smell a conspiracy to fix some unwanted naval officers in false case or may be to hide real culprit.

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