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Brig Ali Khan. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The conviction of Brigadier Ali Khan and four other army officers for their links with Hizbut Tahrir (HuT) was the third attempt of the banned organisation to penetrate into the military in the past 10 years.

On August 3, a military court convicted Brigadier Ali 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.

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.Interestingly, in two of these incidents the same HuT members approached the army officers in 2009 and 2011. Although the army authorities have started court martial proceedings against the officers, it appears no action has been taken against them.

According to the documents available with Dawn, 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.

Both reports referred to the same activists to establish the case against the officers.

The documents revealed that both activists of the banned outfit had used the same techniques for establishing links with Lt-Col Bashir and Brig Ali Khan as they developed relations with the officers through common friends and then used the two officers to approach other army officers.

According to an investigation report prepared by Major Kashif Saleem of Special Investigation Branch (SIB), 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 (the report clarified that his exact name was not known) 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.

He was also charged with persuading nine army officers, including Lt-Col Habibullah, to join his efforts.

Lt-Col Khalid Jamil, Lt-Col Syed Zarar, Lt-Col Mohammad Sanaullah, Major Tariq Saleem, Major Faisal Obaid and Major Ali Akram. Brig (retd) Wasaf Khan Niazi, who was serving in army’s legal wing as judge advocate general in 2009, said that he first heard the names of HuT activists Abdul Qadir and Dr Ahmed during the court martial proceedings of Lt-Col Bashir.

“After my retirement from army, when Brig Ali and four Majors after their detention engaged me as defence counsel in the proceedings of Field General Court Martial (FGCM), I was surprised to notice that the same activists were behind the episode of Brig Khan.”

He said: “I submitted an application before the presiding officer of military court and requested him to arrest these persons because these men were damaging the army and had polluted its officers.”

The authorities, however, did not accept my request, he added.

A retired officer of JAG branch told Dawn that in 2003 HuT attempted to penetrate into army and successfully cultivated 13 SSG commandos into its net.

“HuT was not a banned outfit at that time, but when the army authorities came to know about its efforts then president and military chief Gen Pervez Musharraf declared it a proscribed organisation in November 2003.”

At that time, the army did not commence court martial proceedings against the SSG commandos and instead dealt with them administratively. Their services were terminated, he added.

According to him, the investigators failed to bring the HuT activists to book.

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.

The activists – Imran Yousafzai, Hayan Dawar Khan, Osama Hanif, Dr Abdul Qayyum and Dr Abdul Wahid and Dr Abdul Wajid – remained missing for some time and their relatives during July and August last year filed habeas corpus petitions in the Islamabad High Court for their recovery.

On August 12, the court referred their cases to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances.

The abductors, however, released Dr Wajid in August, Hayan in September, Osama Hanif and Imran Yousafzai in December 2011 and Dr Qayyum and Dr Wahid in April this year.

When an attempt was made to get the version of Brig Ateeq of the Inter Services Public Relations, he suggested to email queries, but there was no reply till the filing of this report.

Comments (32) Closed

Waqas Majeed Oct 30, 2012 04:16pm
this is what you think dear about which you don't have adequate knowledge, but for your kind information this is destined to happen InshALLAH very soon and we don't dream like you, we strive for the reality... :]
Cyrus Howell Oct 30, 2012 04:56am
A simply mad plan.
Zia Oct 30, 2012 04:55pm
It is quite possible that Army itself planted these 2 guys (so called HUT Agents) to test faith of its force. That is the reason, in every case, the same guys are involved.
suneel Oct 30, 2012 01:13pm
Dreams are dangerous sometime...
ish Oct 30, 2012 08:37pm
"Jab Tak Hai Jaan( a bollywood movie) may release in Pakistan" This was in the news today. So much for establishment of Caliphate!
Nabeel Shah Oct 30, 2012 05:28am
As per my knowledge, Spoke person of HuT is also abducted since the beginning of this year, but the article didn't cover this.
Abu Musab Oct 30, 2012 05:20am
If working for Re-establishment of Caliphate (Political Unification of Islam by Establishing the Authority of ALLAH(swt) only) is their Only Fault, then Dear this Fault now is being done by almost every sincere Officer in Armed Forces not only in Pakistan, but also from Istanbul to Cairo and from Dhaka to Damascus wherever HuT is working for it. U.S and its allies, stooges are using full of their power (Both Military and Economic) to stop this emergence of new caliphate but this has to come, no matter how much you try to stop it :-) Take Care Have a Nice Day. Yours Sincerely A Lover of Caliphate
Mawlud Oct 30, 2012 12:18pm
With out doubt this is a noble act, which the Prophet saw did before the first Khilafah was established, all over the world Muslims are seeking to live by Allah swt way of life, those who are not on the boat, need to ask them self, how will they present them self from of Allah swt? Isn't it time to be like the Sahabas (ra)? Isn't it time we strive towards the goal which Allah swt commanded and which will remove such traitors and give justice to whole of Mankind!
Abbas Oct 30, 2012 03:11pm
The caliphate system or rule cannot come into power to govern Pakistan its almost impossible for 3 good reasons 1st Pakistan is a super super corrupt country 2nd Pakistanis are not true Muslims by the book and are divided within the country and religion and 3rd Pakistanis are super uneducated plus super poor they live in USA aid. So I guess caliphate system and a true Islamic welfare society in Pakistan a dream which is almost impossible.
rao Oct 30, 2012 03:58pm
caliphet was old way of governance, it doesnt suits modern way
Showkat Ahmad Oct 30, 2012 03:58pm
i wonder why Pakistani people call Pakistan an Islamic republic when its people, its media, its law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies, its armed forces, its politicians, its rulers are all against the establishment of Shari'ah in this country.
Parvez Oct 30, 2012 10:39am
One will never know the full story.
Sajjad Oct 30, 2012 11:58pm
whether hizbu tehrir or Pakistan Taliban , they are cancerous organizations.These so called officers just wanted to take over the seat and rule the country.All of them had taken oath not to involve in such activities at the start of their careers and now they want to look innocent
Akram Oct 30, 2012 05:01pm
even bank robbery is defended by such people as 'noble' if it serves their purpose. it is a criminal act that is lost on you.
Ahmed Khan Oct 30, 2012 05:01pm
Dream on dear brother with your hallucinations for a cALIPHATE and political union of Islamic states. Allah's authority is already existent. Just try to live a pious life respecting the rights of living for Allah's other creation also.
Yawar Oct 30, 2012 05:46pm
The days of usurping power in Pakistan are over. Change can only be brought about via the ballot. Organizations like Hut and Taliban and their few supporters understand this. They also know that if they took part in Pakistan's democratic ways, they will hardly get any votes because the people know they live in a fantasy world and will ruin the country.
JJ Oct 30, 2012 04:36pm
Pakistan was established in the name of Islam. However those who are trying to implement Islam by non violent means are being subjected to harassment and torture by the govt. authorities. People of Pakistan are not blind to the corruption, betrayal, and hypocrisy of the establishment and the system. These rulers hope to sedate the masses through the means of propaganda, fear and poverty. Even with all their efforts they have failed and continue failing in trying to stop the intellectual revival that is occurring among the masses. People are waking up and realize that their only solution is in implementing Islam on the footsteps of the Prophet. We all have heard how the Qureish tried their best to extinguish the light of Islam, and now we are witnessing the same methods being applied by these corrupt rulers. Indeed they will fail as those before them.
ali khan Oct 30, 2012 01:17pm
As far as i know, all the Hut members are very educated and intellectuals. Dr Israr ahmed also had some links with HuT and he always support the implementation of Caliphate in Pakistan.
Imran Oct 30, 2012 07:08pm
It is absolutely the time to stop living in the 'la la land' time of the sahaba (.and waiting for the reward in the hereafter). That thinking will keep us muslims backward scientifically, technologically and socially from the rest of the mankind. Todays muslim community has to start living with tolerance for others (like that of the prophet). We need to get out of our cocoons (muslim ummah superiority mindset) and work hard in advancing ourselves in education,science and technology to really be counted.
confused Oct 31, 2012 03:19am
This shia khilafat, Barelvi khilafat or the salafi khilafat?
Imran Oct 30, 2012 07:59pm
See my comment to Mawlud. It is absolutely the time to stop living in the
Virkaul Oct 31, 2012 03:38am
In today's environment of nation states this system is obsolete. Human race is divided into several sects based on ethnicity, religion, language, color, culture, etc., that they have to learn to coexist keeping their distinct identity. Creating a Caliphate for the Ummah is not practical as no race would like to be dominated by the other. East and West Pakistan was one example.
Ahmed j Oct 30, 2012 03:42pm
Is violence the only way of establishing Khilafah? Ask yourself, would our Allah ask for such kind of coup and bloodshed. Don't you think the way the officers acted is more like mutiny. Mutiny is like being a traitor. Why cant we have khilafah in the form of democracy. Is khilafah only kingship?
aamanpur622 Oct 31, 2012 02:50am
going back to stone age while rest of the world has been trying to reach Mars...
Yawar Oct 31, 2012 01:01am
If they want to establish a Caliphate in Pakistan then let them do it in a democratic manner rather than by killing and getting killed.
Danish Oct 31, 2012 12:46am
Don't know what sort of banned organization is this. After every few weeks on friday prayers HuT members come and distribute pamphlets containing their Khilafat propaganda in my street mosque. Many time it includes propaganda in favour of Jihadi organizations as well as against Army and government.
Ayaz Khan Oct 30, 2012 02:30pm
We have Caliphate ... muslims of all shades .... ordinary as well as leaders .... are killing each others in mosques.
Blah Oct 31, 2012 03:50am
Caliphate cannot be implemented on the basis of corruption of army or guns or destruction. It is the right of the people to decide if they want it or not. No wonder our nation is sinking to the lowest levels of corruption. If you cannot be sincere to your profession how can you expect to be the so called saviours of Islam???
Iftikhar Husain Oct 30, 2012 12:31pm
The things do not look very good with these reports no body knows what is in the making. I hope there is some body there to monitor permanently the situation It is definitely alarming.
Abbas Oct 31, 2012 05:40pm
Does it really matter non of them are coming into (caliphate) power so chill out . It's a newspaper sensation .
Sehrish Hassan Oct 30, 2012 04:57pm
With the end of Last Caliphate of Muslims after WW 1, all muslims countries have been decentralized to execute all kind of decisions and acts. Caliphate nowadays is a far cry. Just make Pakistan a Good Developed Country and oneself a Good Muslim; Things will automatically be O.K.
Raj Oct 31, 2012 06:12pm
Why don't you report it to the concerned authorities in your locality so that next time these guys can be taken into custody . They need to be questioned regarding their motives and should be warned thoroughly against any anti-state activities. If local authority is not doing anything, then escalate it to higher authorities. Form committees in your locality with sane folks so that the radicals don't dare to intimidate you. If you remain silent then don't blame the government when such organizations gain more and more foothold in your country.