Incitement to mutiny: Officers accused of influencing Brig Ali’s trial

Published: February 26, 2012
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Brig Ali Khan. PHOTO: FILE

Brig Ali Khan. PHOTO: FILE

The family of an army brigadier, who was arrested on charges of inciting mutiny and plotting attacks on the army headquarters, has alleged that the military brass is influencing his court martial proceedings.

Talking to the BBC, a younger brother of Brig Ali Khan said that his elder brother was not being allowed to meet his civil attorney, making the family believe that the court martial proceedings would not be transparent.

Malik Bashir said that he and his lawyer, Asad Manzoor Butt, arrived at the Sialkot garrison to see Brig Ali with a prior permission from the authorities but the counsel was not allowed to see his client.

The military authorities insist that only a military-appointed defence counsel can see Brig Ali. “This is violation of rules and we are considering consulting civil courts against this behaviour,” he said.

Brig Ali was taken into custody from his office in the GHQ on May 6. Meanwhile, investigations were being carried out against him for his alleged links with Hizbut Tehrir extremist group.

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.

Bashir alleged that some senior army officers were using delaying tactics in initiating the court martial proceedings against his brother. He added that according to rules, formal proceedings of the Field General Court Martial should have started immediately after the framing of the charge sheet. “The prosecution does not have any evidence against my brother and they are just dilly dallying and taking revenge.”

Bashir said his family has been serving the military for 60 years and wanted to solve the issue within the army. “But these injustices are forcing us to take the case to civil courts, though this is not our priority,” he added.

Bashir requested the army brass to refrain from influencing the proceedings of the Field General Court Martial and allow Brig Ali a fair trial. He said if the military authorities did not influence the court, he was quite sure his brother would prove innocent.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 26th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • well-wisher
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:35PM

    Pak military would not have ordered court martial of a senior officer until there are very serious charges against him, however he is entitled to defence attorney of his own choice as stated by his relatives.

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  • Think_therefore
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:51PM

    Military justice is to justice what military music is to music…

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  • Pinky
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:45PM

    and that ladies & gentlemen is called a taste of one’s own medicine
    no justice possible for anyone (civilian or otherwise) as long as that army act is around..

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  • hammad
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:51PM

    What is BBC doing interviewing about a court martial proceeding inside Pakistan Army? Are there no limits to foreign intervention in our internal affairs??

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  • saqib
    Feb 26, 2012 - 8:08PM

    @Ms Pinky… Please disband the Army and freeze the Army act which you appear so shackled in. People of Pakistan will take care of their country on their own, including yourself. What does this issue has to do with the army act and the justice? the trial has not yet started and you appear to have been moved by the injustice done in it. Come on people, be more rational and positive thinking.

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  • Pinky
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:32PM

    @Mr saqib
    apparenty you couldnt read this part “The military authorities insist that ONLY a military-appointed defence counsel can see Brig Ali.” and this is where the Army act comes in, coz this is a stipulation of that act!…i hope now you understand why i appear er “so shackled in” this act ;p (btw i am flattered that someone is keeping close tabs on my comments)
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  • Pinky
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:52PM

    so while some might wait for justice to prevail (magically), the more discerning of us have little hope considering that the judge, jury & executioner is the SAME entity.

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  • Jadugar
    Feb 27, 2012 - 7:40AM

    It is scary to think of a nuclear army radicalized and having nuclear button at its disposal. Being a nuclear state we cannot afford to have a radicalized powerful institution which can only bring death and destruction to its own people. We may be nuclear but certainly not immune to Mutually assured destruction, on the same coin the Major has the right to a fair trial.

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  • saqib
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:33PM

    @Ms Pinky…Now you are asking that a military counsel should be appointed in a court marshal. On the contrary what if I demand a military counsel in the LHC, IHC or the SC to deal with any case. Come on, let the military court do what it has to do and then the decision can be challenged in the civilian court. I read your comments in detail and didn’t miss a word. Your concern is simply misplaced.

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  • saqib
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @ms Pinky, you seem to have given up hope too early i suppose.

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