Brig Ali, four others jailed for links to banned group
RAWALPINDI: The Field General Court Marshal (FGCM) on Friday awarded a sentence of five-year rigorous imprisonment to Brigadier Ali Khan for having links with a banned organisation, said an ISPR statement. The officers were arrested under charges of having links with Hizbut Tahrir, a banned organisation in Pakistan.
Four others accused in the case were also awarded punishments. Major Sohail Akbar was handed down three-year rigorous imprisonment, Major Jawwad Baseer was sentenced to two-year rigorous imprisonment, whereas Major Inayat Aziz and Major Iftikhar were awarded one- and six-year rigorous imprisonments.
Officials said that proceedings against Brigadier Ali, Major Inayat, Major Iftikhar, Major Sohail and Major Jawwad had been completed. “The accused have been convicted for having links with a proscribed organisation,” they added.
The convicts have the right to appeal against the conviction before the Army Court of Appeals as provided in the Pakistan Army Act.
Brigadier Ali was detained days after US Navy SEALs found and killed Osama bin Laden in the military town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, reviving disturbing questions about ignorance or complicity within Pakistan's military.
Hizbut Tahrir is not banned in Britain, but has been outlawed in Pakistan and lies on the fringes of Western concerns about links between the military and terror groups.
Posted by: Steve White