Brig Ali Khan ....

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

with mem­bers of Hizbut Tahrir and tried to en­list other of­fi­cers, though the col­league had played down the im­por­tance of the con­tacts.

At a meet­ing with other of­fi­cers days af­ter the May 2, 2011, raid by US commandos that killed Osama bin Laden, Khan had re­port­edly spo­ken out against the op­er­a­tion, which he and oth­ers on the forces con­sid­ered a na­tional hu­mil­i­a­tion.

Khan was ar­rested on May 5, 2011, and later pre­sented him­self as a “vic­tim” of the Ab­bot­tabad raid.

Hizbut Tahrir, which is banned in Pak­istan and sev­eral other Mus­lim coun­tries, pro­fesses non-vi­o­lence and is not con­nected to ter­ror­ist groups like the Pak­istani Tal­iban or al Qaeda. But the out­fit makes no se­cret of its de­sire to pen­e­trate the armies of Mus­lim coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly Pak­istan, and fo­ment an “Is­lamic coup” to es­tab­lish a global “caliphate.”

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