Rawalpindi: The court martial proceedings of Brigadier Ali Khan, Major Inayat Aziz, Major Iftikhar, Major Sohail Akbar and Major Jawad Baseer, who were facing charges of having links with the banned outfit Hizbut Tahrir, were completed on Friday. All four accused have been convicted in the case, ISPR statement said.
The Field General Court Marshal (FGCM) has awarded a sentence of five years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) to Brigadier Ali Khan.
Major SohailAkbar was awarded 3 years RI while Major Jawad Baseer was sentenced to 2 years RI, whereas Major Inayat Aziz and Major Iftikhar have been awarded 1 year 6 months RI each.
All four convicts posses the right to appeal against their conviction before the Army court of appeals according to Pakistan Army Act, ISPR statement added.
Brigadier Khan was also accused of being involved in a conspiring to topple the government, trying to instigate a mutiny within the army and planning an attack on the GHQ.
The court martial’s proceedings against Ali started last year in December.
Khan was arrested a year ago and faced charges of conspiring with four other officers and a British member of the Hizbut Tahrir to recruit officers to the group including the commander of the army’s 111 Brigade, which covers the capital and has been historically linked to army coups.
During the seven-month long proceedings, five military officers recorded their testimonies from prosecutor’s side.
The officers had claimed that the accused, Ali, provoked them for mutiny against the civil leadership
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