Four serving Pakistani majors being questionedJune 23rd, 2011 - 1:50 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 23 (IANS) Four serving Pakistan Army majors are being questioned for their purported links with a banned group, a media report said Thursday. The questioning comes barely two days after the arrest of a brigadier.
The four army officers were being questioned for having links with Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT), reported the daily Dawn.
“Four other officers are being questioned for their alleged links with HT,” Inter-Services Public Relations director general Major General Athar Abbas told the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation.
Two days back Tuesday, Brig Ali Khan, posted at General Headquarters, was picked up for suspected links with HT. He is the highest-ranking military officer to have been arrested for links with extremist group.
HT has not overtly supported violence and has no ostensible links to Al Qaeda, but it calls for the restoration of the caliphate and the overthrow of `corrupt, pro-West’ governments in Muslim lands.
General Abbas told Dawn that the four officers were not posted at the General Headquarters.
He warned that the trend of infiltration of the army by extremist groups could be “harmful for entire nation and national security”.
Military sources cited by the daily feared that Brig Khan and the four majors could be part of a plot.
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