In what appeared to be an unparallel move, a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) has dropped one of two charges against Brigadier Ali Khan, making the case more complicated.
Earlier, he was charged for planning to carry out an air-raid on General Headquarters (GHQ) using F-16 jet-fighter.
In the first week of March, Brigadier Ali Khan was charged for hatching a conspiracy with an air force pilot who flies F-16 aircraft, planning to attack the GHQ during a meeting of corps commanders.
Counsel for Brigadier Ali, Advocate Colonel (Retd) Inamur Raheem told the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) about the latest development, saying that the hearing had taken place on Monday.
Speaking to the media, the solicitor said he was provided with modified indictment list which doesn’t include the accusation of carrying out attacking on GHQ.
The authorities had not explained that for what reasons the charges were removed and who directed them to do so.
He, however, said that the other charge of alleged links with Hizb-ut-Tehreer (HoT) had still not been withdrawn. During the hearing, he informed the court that FGCM has summoned the Judge Advocate General (JAG) branch on March 27.
The counsel informed the court that his client’s retirement orders were held in abeyance by the military authorities.
Advocate Raheem on behalf of Brig Ali had filed an application before the Lahore High Court (LHC), arguing that the court martial proceedings against his client be declared illegal because he was no more in the military-service.
The solicitor also prayed to the court that his client was being traduced after he had asked military officials to fix responsibility for the May 2 US raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama Bin Laden.
According to the solicitor, Brigadier Ali also suggested his seniors to keep a check on perks enjoyed by certain military officials, the counsel added.
Brigadier Ali had served at the highest level of Pakistan army but was apprehended by the security forces, charging him for different allegations including his secret affiliations with banned out-fit, Hizb-ut-Tehreer (HoT).
The Brigadier was also charged for encouraging people to deceive against the civil government and military.