RAWALPINDI: Court martial proceedings against Brig Ali Khan, who is facing charges of conspiring with four other officers and a British member of the Hizbut Tahrir to recruit officers to the group, concluded on Tuesday.
Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench had earlier adjourned hearing for a month in a petition filed by Brig Ali challenging his court martial, saying the matter would be heard after summer vacations.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Advocate Colonel (retd) Inamur Raheem, who is the counsel for the accused brigadier, said that he and Advocate Colonel (retd) Sardar Abdul Aziz Chandio had maintained before the court that Brig Ali’s petition should be decided before the verdict of the Field General Court Martial (FGCM).
Raheem said that according to the rules and regulations, the FCGM would now send its verdict to the Corps Commander Gujranwala. Then it would be forwarded to the chief of army staff before publicly announcing the verdict.
According to the military rules of business, this entire procedure could take from a few weeks time to several months.
He added that proceedings had concluded on June 20 and the trial court had recorded the statements of five prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses.
A former adjutant general of Pakistan Army deposed in favour of the accused brigadier, Raheem said, adding that he hoped for a favourable verdict from the military court.
The accused was earlier charged with conspiracy to attack the high military command using an F-16 jet, but the prosecution dropped the charge during trial proceedings.
On the other hand, Brig Ali, maintained in his defence that he was victimised for raising concerns against the inability of Pakistan Army to stop May 2 US military raid in Abbotabad.
In his petition before the court, Brig Ali argued that he was not subject to prosecution under the Pakistan Army Act.
Source : tribune.com