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Brig Ali Khan and four other officers were detained in May, 2011 for suspected links to Hizbut Tahrir.—File photo

ISLAMABAD: Brig Ali Khan, being tried in military court over treason charges and alleged links to attacks on Pakistan Army facilities, has been shifted from Sialkot to Rawalpindi due to serious illness, sources told DawnNews on Saturday.

According to the sources, Brig Khan was shifted to a civilian ward at Rawalpindi’s FAIC under the name of ‘Feroz Khan’. Court marshal proceedings against the former Army officer have also been postponed for an indefinite period, they said.

Brig Khan and four other officers were detained in May, 2011 for suspected links to Hizbut Tahrir. He was working at the army’s headquarters in Rawalpindi at the time of his arrest.

Court marshal proceedings against Brig Ali Khan were stopped temporarily and a doctor was called in on Wednesday after his health deteriorated during the trial.

Colonel (R) Inamur Raheem, Khan’s counsel, had expressed concerns over his client’s health, alleging that the army had not followed the orders of the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court which had directed the army to provide Khan a physician of his choice.

Mehr Khan, father of Khan, had written a letter last month to the government, requesting it to hold an inquiry into his son’s arrest and direct the concerned authorities to release him.

The letter written on Feb. 11 to Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi had expressed concerns for Khan’s life.

The letter further had indicated that he suffered a heart attack and alleged that he was not given proper medical treatment.