Pakistan has long been accused by India for harboring extremist groups and conducting training camps. One view prevalent in Pakistan is that these terror groups will only attack India and Pakistan itself would be safe. The result is that even the CIA of the USA has documented information of terrorist training camps in Pakistan.
It is a well known fact that those who ride the tiger are devoured by the Tiger. While fomenting Islamic terror groups against India the Pakistan army leadership forgot that their own troops could be susceptible to Islamic terror groups and the over throw of the
Many soldiers have been secretly sympathising with this dream of establishing an Islamic caliphate based on the Sharia in Pakistan. This has now come full circle with the arrest of Brigadier Ali Khan for trying to establish a Caliphate. The Brigadier was arrested in May last year and 4 majors were also arrested a day later. they have been accused of being members of the banned Hizbut Tehrir (HT)
The brigadier and his accomplices have been court-martialed and the GCM (General Court Martial) concluded on Tuesday 26 June2012. Brigadier Ali Khan and his accomplices have been charged with waging war against the state with a view to set up an Islamic caliphate in Pakistan. The court will now give a written verdict and forward it to the Major General commanding the Sialkot area, under whose orders the court martial was conducted. In between Brigadier Ali Khan had also approached the Punjab High court to quash the GCM proceeding but the court has not acted on it.
The accused face the death sentence. This is not important but there is a chance that many more officers and men could be influenced by the actions of this group. Pakistan army has certainly a lot to worry about.