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Pakistan detains senior officer for alleged ties to militants
Pakistani policemen scuffle with members of the militant Hizb ut Tahrir activist group during a protest in Karachi on April 17, 2011.
June 21st, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Pakistan detains senior officer for alleged ties to militants

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - Pakistan detained a senior Army officer for suspected connections to a militant organization, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

Brig. Ali Khan, stationed at military headquarters in the garrison town of Rawalpindi for the past two years, has been in custody for the past two days over alleged links to the militant group Hizb ut-Tahrir, said spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.

He said the Pakistani army follows a "zero tolerance policy" for anyone "indulging in such illegal and unauthorized activities." An investigation into Khan is ongoing.

Khan's detainment comes as Pakistan's ties to the United States have been strained over strategy in combating terrorism.

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