The membership of Pakistani military personnel in any jihadist group is obviously not a trivial matter. Nonetheless, these cases do have the effect of deflecting attention in the short run from jihadist groups that are also clients of Pakistani intelligence, like Lashkar-e-Toiba, and from Pakistan’s failed policies and shady dealings with groups like the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Four majors in the Pakistani army are being investigated for alleged links with banned extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, the army has said.
Army spokesman Gen Athar Abbas told the BBC the men were not under arrest but were being interrogated in connection with the case of Brig Ali Khan.
He was detained last month and is also accused of links to Hizb ut-Tahrir.
The army says it will not tolerate support for extremism within its ranks. Brig Khan’s family say he is innocent.
The brigadier’s lawyer and colleagues have told the BBC he is being victimised for criticising army top brass for their support for the US-led “war on terror”.
The brigadier is now being interrogated by military intelligence, the army says.
He is one of the most senior serving officers accused of links with extremists in Pakistan in recent years.
“He is under detention and an investigation is in progress for his contacts with a proscribed militant organisation,” military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told BBC Urdu’s Asif Farooqi on Tuesday….