HuT links: Brigadier Ali files plea, says court martial be declared illegal

Published: February 27, 2012

Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench directs the Defence Secretary of Pakistan to respond within 24 hours.

ISLAMABAD: Brigadier Ali Khan who was arrested for his alleged links with Hizbut Tahrir, filed a petition through Colonel (retd) Inamuraheem on Monday, praying to the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Branch that the court martial proceedings against him be declared illegal.

While hearing the petition, Justice Ijaz Ahmed of the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench directed the Defence Secretary of Pakistan to respond within 24 hours.

According to his counsel, the petition said, “I have been retired from Pakistan Army and they [army] have charged me with heinous crimes without any proof.”

Brigadier Ali has alleged that the military brass is influencing his court martial proceedings.

He was taken into custody from his office at the GHQ on May 6 and investigations were being carried out against him for his alleged links with the HuT.

According to the charge sheet, Brig Ali is accused of inciting mutiny against the civilian government and plotting with some military officers and civilians to attack the GHQ. He had tried to take support from the chief of the Triple-One Brigade and some other officers.

In his petition, Brigadier Ali maintained no other accused in the case, including the civilians and officers, has been arrested yet.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Sajid
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:39PM

    He begs for mercy from the system he was out to topple. What a shameless piece of the-unmentionable-substance.

    P.S: It is LHC, he will be set free.

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  • zain
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:11PM

    he was a brig. that’s why court ordered defense sec. to respond. Would they have done the same if he a non commissioned officer (sipahi, hawaldar etc) or a civilian

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  • Umar
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Such people must be tried for their illegal and immoral ambitions. At one side we believe Army must not interfere, on other side some of us believe such armed persons must interfere; isnt hyporcisy?

    Courts are above the law. Gov must frame some law for them to keep them in law boundaries out of ambitions.

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  • Anum
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:29PM

    @Sajid:
    He is my uncle and our families have been together since my childhood.Please refrain from using such shameful words about someone you know practically nothing about!He is a man of great honor and he would never do something like that.He is just being punished for being out spoken,truthful and daring.May Almighty be with him and protect him.

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  • sashayub
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:41PM

    @Sajid:
    LHC does not have the gutts to go against the army, neither does the CJP…he will not be set free unless there is a behind-the-scenes plea bargaining carried out

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  • zullu
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:00PM

    @ Umar……You are also accusing him of illegal and immoral ambitions just on the basis of charge sheet which is unfortunate……Currently there is no solid evidence of his involvement….Looks more like a bogus Trial as they don’t seem to have any evidences to support there claims in the charge sheet…..Have you read about him in BBC etc…looks more patriot and sincere to Pak THAN KIYANI & CO…..

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  • Feb 27, 2012 - 3:32PM

    Military is divided into two groups, those who are commanding support US, drones, NATO supply, and others supports dialogue, anti-America, anti-drones, and we are with the second ones and Brig belonged to that group

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  • Feb 27, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Inching towards colonel’s revolt against US/UK/Israel sympathizing generals in Pakistan Army.

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  • Fawad
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:02PM

    Brigadier Ali has been framed for speaking out against the lack of military alertness during the Bin Laden Abbottabad raid. It is rare for any army officer to question the wrong decisions of their superiors. The military is simply trying to silence the cold hard truth. I hope the courts are able to save this courageous officer from being silenced.

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  • rehman
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:21PM

    one court rightly or wrongly convicted him so all sympathizers of this brigader go prove his innocence. I wish these courts also take notices of simple army jawans.

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  • rashid khan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:20PM

    If he is innocent he will be exonerated by the military court. Give military courts some credit to conduct themselves with integrity?

    On the contrary consider the fact that the man who had upheld military law for the past 30 or so years – who in the process took its support to justify his actions and used it to discipline his subordinates – suddenly looses faith in the said law when he is to be tried by it. He suddenly realises that realises its adequacy and lack of depth to provide him the justice he seeks.

    In this situation I can only question why shouldn’t all the legal actions, initiated by the brigadier, against all the soliders and officers, under the legislation of the military law, be revoked and declared null and void on the ground that the executer of the said law, in their cases, never had faith in the same law as he has demonstrated when he is to tried under its ambit?

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  • Imran
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:26PM

    @Anum:
    Of course, criminals are also someone’s father, uncle, son, or daughter. But it does not mean they should not be called criminals and cannot be tried. In this case, your uncle should have thought before networking and supervising terrorists.

    He must be tried, and if found guilty be given exemplary sentence.

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  • Maaz
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:54PM

    @rashid khan

    Well said my friend… well said!!!

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  • Shah G
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:31PM

    True leader and legend. we need such people to take us out of misery and get us rid of U.S slaves

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  • Col Jawad
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:14PM

    BRIG ALI KHAN was not involved in any such blames, he has served 32 years in army with love, care & devotion and at such stage never a person can involve in such things.

    He just pointed out few questions which were harsh for his seniors. Therefore they were annoyed and now blamed him a lot.

    I am sure, Insha, Allah he would be soon declared “Innocent” by Civil Court as well as by Army Court.

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  • Honorliving
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:59PM

    Anum &
    Col Jawad

    Like Qardai, the murderer of Salman Taseer, Brig. Ali wants to go to Haven but doesn’t want to die. I remember hearing Mrs. Ali on a TV show stating that her husband is being punished for being a good Muslim. Really? So everybody else is evil except Brig. Ali and alike?

    Brig. Ali should have waited till his retirement or resigned before breaking the military discipline. He is being tried for conduct unbecoming of an officer of Pak Army. Give Pakistanis a break.

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  • Straight Fire
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Supports of any verdict against the Brigadier are among those who support the death of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto

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  • hammad
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:25AM

    @Anum:
    There is no honor in treason. How can someone be so stupid to think the army is punishing him for internally crticising its role in OBL raid?? Did he go into the media? Did he talk to the press? No. Internal discussions and criticism are a norm in any military and ours is no exception. On the other hand, the army has NEVER court martialed its members for criticism. The only court martials ever done are for plots to mount coups or treason. Pick one.

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  • Abdullah
    Feb 28, 2012 - 7:51AM

    Brig. Ali is only being questioned because he was Honest and straight forward. His only crime is that he asked for inquiry of senior officials in Army responsible for attack in Abbotabad. How bad are times that sincere ones are punished and those who allow Drone attacks, set free Raymond Davis are honored and roam freely… I pray for Brig. Ali’s freedom.

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  • Abdullah Shah
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:27AM

    @Col Jawad: As this is quite an intriguing case, I would like to know if you really know this Brig personally or just think so from the news clips which all of us have read?

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  • Tariq
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:12AM

    I don’t know why are you seculars trying to give your verdict before the court, because Mr. Ali was a Muslims and said ‘kalma-e-haq’ against the US pawn ‘Kiyani’. Let me remind you a simple law principle “innocent till proven guilty”. I hope you will keep your mouths shut and would wait for the court to decide based on evidences weather Mr. Ali has done any crime or not!!!!!!!

    Regards,

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