RAWALPINDI - Brigadier Ali Khan of Pakistan Army, who is facing court martial for his alleged links with a banned outfit, reportedly refused to appear before the court when military authorities barred him from holding a meeting with his counsel here on Monday.

It is pertinent to mention here that Brigadier Ali Khan has been facing a court martial for his alleged links with the banned outfit Hizb-ur-Tehree (HuT) and luring the other Army men for implementing the agenda of the banned outfit.

Brigadier Ali did not attend the proceedings of a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) comprised five members and headed by a Lieutenant General of Pakistan Army.  

Colonel (Retd) Inam-ur-Raheem Advocate, who is the counsel for the accused Brigadier, told media men that his client did not attend the proceedings of the court when military authorities refused to allow him to see the lawyer of his own choice.

He said that he was due to meet with his client on Sunday but the authorities even did not allow him to do so.

‘I was informed that Khizar Hayyat a Lieutenant Colonel of Judge Advocate General (JAG) the legal branch of General Headquarter (GHQ) had been appointed as defending officer for the accused Brigadier’, he added.

Sharing a military law with the media, Inam said that under the military laws an accused was provided the defending officer in case he could not afford defence lawyer or agree to have an official defending officer, the lawyer said.

Inam-ur-Raheem, while protesting the attitude of military authorities, said that he was earlier allowed to see the accused Brig Ali only after the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench directed the authorities to let him meet his client.

The lawyer further said Brigadier Ali had asked the military court to give him the orders of the Federal government where his retirement orders had been held in abeyance. The accused Brigadier had maintained that he could not be tried under Army laws after he was retired from service.