ISLAMABAD  - Security officials have said that Pakistan Army has indicted Brig Ali Khan for his alleged links with a banned outfit.

The Army has started court martial proceedings against the brigadier and four other officers over suspected ties to the Hizb-ut-Tahrir group.

The sources in Army informed that Brig Ali and four serving officers were charge-sheeted this week and provided summary of evidence.

Quoting its sources, a private TV channel reported that the court martial proceedings were started at Sialkot Garrison.

However the ISPR has neither denied nor admitted the court martial proceedings against the five men.  Brig Ali and the four officers were detained in May 2011 on charges of links to the Hizb-ut-Tahrir. Khan was working at Army’s headquarters in Rawalpindi at the time of his arrest. He was alleged to groom a particular mindset in the Army.

The group is banned because of its extremist propaganda. It is seeking to re-establish the Islamic caliphate.

Two senior security officers said on Saturday the court martial started recently but did not provide any details. They spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Former head of JAG branch Col (retd) Akram told a news channel that he was contacted for counselling Brig Ali, however he added that he was not his lawyer at the moment. Akram expressed his willingness for being hired as the brigadier’s lawyer.