Banned group: Hizbut Tahrir slams Brigadier Ali’s court-martial

Military officer was arrested in May last year for ties to organisation.

Qaiser Butt February 21, 2012


Hizbut Tahrir (HuT) has come to the defence of Brigadier Ali Khan and four other military officers who are currently being court-martialled due to their alleged ties to the banned militant outfit. Describing Brig Khan as one of the most capable officers in the army, HuT has bitterly criticised the establishment over its decision to try him in a military court.

Brig Khan was arrested in May last year. A day later four army majors were also arrested for alleged links with HuT. Sources say the military trial is currently in process; Brig Khan is also accused of attempted mutiny.

In an SMS and also through a statement on its website, HuT, which was banned in Pakistan in 2004, expressed its disappointment over the trial decision.

Highlighting what it called Brig Khan’s “illustrious military career,” the statement said that he is “an officer of humble origins from Punjab province who had a distinguished thirty-two year military career and was a gold medalist.”

“Army officers who had served with Brigadier Ali Khan stated that he had been exerting influence on the military leadership to stop the alliance with America in its crusade against the Muslims of the tribal areas and Afghanistan,” the statement added.

Matters came to a head when Brig Khan openly challenged the then Chief of Army Staff, General Pervez Musharraf, in the military’s prestigious Quetta Staff College as to why Musharraf did not make public the details of the alliance agreement with the US.

He further demanded a clear definition of the ‘limits’ of the alliance with the US. Gen Musharraf presided personally over the promotion board a few weeks later and denied Brig Khan’s expected promotion to Major General.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2012.


Zakria | 11 years ago | Reply

HuT is the best ever organization who are working politicaly to unit the Muslims and Breg. Ali God keep you safe and sound and we need more such Muslim to show the real faces of both our leaders and policies. Khilafa is the best option for Muslims. and as muslim I love Wht HuT is spreading May God help ya ...... And poeple if you dont help them dont resist them as they are doing the very very thing we all should support them..........KHILAFAT Zindabad

Shashi | 11 years ago | Reply

@Arbab: Read Surah Al' muaidha ayyat 44,45,47. And Surah Al'Imran 110. And after that u stil think it's only to take the power than u r total wrong. It is about to obey what Allah swt has revild. And thats what HT. R doing

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