Banned outfit Hizbut Tahrir made three attempts to penetrate Pakistan Army

Islamabad, Oct. 30 (ANI): Banned outfit Hizbut Tahrir (HuT) has made three attempts penetrate into the military in the past 10 years, the third of which eventually led to the conviction of Brigadier Ali Khan and four other army officers for their links with the outfit.

On August 3, a military court convicted Brigadier Khan, Major Sohail Akbar, Major Jawad Baseer, Major Inayat Aziz and Major Iftikhar for having links with HuT and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment for terms ranging from 5 years to 18 months, reports The Dawn.

Back in 2003, HuT established links with about 13 commandos of the army's Special Services Group (SSG), in 2009 officers up to the ranks of lieutenant colonel faced court martial for links with HuT and in 2011 a brigadier faced the same charges.

HuT activists Abdul Qadir and Ahmed, a doctor, were found to have links with Lt-Col Shahid Bashir in 2009 and Brig Ali Khan in 2011, the paper said.

According to an investigation report, Brig Khan, with the help of the four military offices, was planning to target the civilian and military leadership in an air attack to clear the way for establishing the Caliphate governance system in Pakistan.

The report said that Abdul Qadir, Ahmed and Rizwan of Hut met Brig Khan and persuaded him to hatch this conspiracy. Brig Khan then tried to cultivate other army officers - Brig Naeem Sadiq, Brig Mohammad Amin and Brig Aamer Riaz for the cause.

The inquiry report against Lt-Col Shahid Bashir revealed that Abdul Qadir and Dr Ahmed were also behind the court martial of Col Bashir and a lieutenant colonel.

Col Bashir was charged with acquiring classified information regarding the locations of operational bases for the United States (from which drones operated) inside Pakistan, finding out about the operation in the Malakand division and about the deployment of troops to different operational areas.

Soon after the arrest of Brig Ali Khan in July last year, the Inter Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence allegedly picked some hardcore HuT activists from across the country. (ANI)