`Radical` Pak brigadier planned to bomb GHQ: Rpt
Last Updated: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 00:50
  
Islamabad: A Pakistan Army brigadier, currently facing court martial for alleged links with the banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir, had conspired with an air force pilot to bomb the General Headquarters with a F-16 jet during a conference of top commanders.

Brig Ali Khan was arrested last year on suspicion of having contacts with the Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

He has been accused of trying to stage a rebellion against the government and planning an attack on the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

His family has denied the charges. Major Suhail Akbar, a prosecution witness, said in his statement that Khan and some members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir had told him that an F-16 combat jet would be used to target the army's headquarters during a conference of corps or formation commanders.

Akbar said in his written statement to a military court that a F-16 pilot at a military airbase near Rawalpindi was persuaded to carry out the attack.

Akbar further said Khan also had plans to target an "American-controlled airbase" in Pakistan and installations of the Blackwater security company with an F-16, BBC Urdu reported.

Akbar admitted that he had been meeting Hizb-ut-Tahrir members for seven years. He claimed Khan was present at a meeting of Hizb-ut-Tahrir members in July 2010.

"I knew for the first time in the same meeting that the Hizb-ut-Tahrir members and Brigadier Ali want to topple the political government and dislodge the military leadership and to take over the country," Akbar said in his statement.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 00:50


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