Pak brigadier tried to create Islamic caliphate
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's military court has temporarily stopped court martial proceedings against Brigadier (retired) Ali Khan, who plotted to create an Islamic caliphate, after his health deteriorated during the trial on Wednesday. Khan and four other officers were detained in May, 2011 for suspected links to banned group Hizbut Tahrir (HuT) and for planning to topple the government and mount attacks on the army HQ in Rawalpindi. He was working at the army general HQ at the time of his arrest. Recently military officials revealed startling information about his activities when he was in the army.
The BBC quoted a senior military official as saying that Khan had met the chief of HuT for Palestinian territory and was plotting to overthrow the government to create an Islamic caliphate. According to brigadier Amir Riaz, the head of 111 Brigade, Khan had disclosed that HuT has prepared a new constitution and a shadow government for Pakistan and that the group was ready to take over anytime.
Brig Riaz has been introduced by the prosecution as a witness against Khan. Brig Riaz said Khan believed that HuT could establish a caliphate in Pakistan only if the military handed over power to it. And this was not possible until the incumbent military brass was removed.
"Khan told me that some elements in Pakistan air force were part of the HuT conspiracy and they would mount an air raid on the general headquarters with F-16 fighter jets during a corps commanders' conference to eliminate the army brass."
Riaz claimed that Khan had asked him to take over key buildings in Islamabad following such an attack. "But I had turned down the offer," he said. According to BBC, Brig Riaz was promoted to the rank of Maj Gen following his statement.
Taliban rebel says US forced Pak to end peace talks
Arebel commander who was recently removed from the post of deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban has said that the Pakistan government suspended negotiations with local militants due to pressure from the US. Maulvi Faqir Mohammad reiterated his support for peace talks with the Pakistan government though it is believed that his backing for the nascent peace process was the reason for his removal from the top position in the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. He said there was no harm in talking to the government if it was willing to accept their demands for restoring peace in the tribal areas."Our rulers' lust for dollars never gets satiated and that's why they suspended talks," Faqir Mohammad said.