Pakistan detains officer over links with militants: army

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SLAMABAD, June 21, 2011 (AFP) – Pakistan on Tuesday announced the arrest of an army brigadier accused of having contacts with a banned militant group. The information was released seven weeks after US Navy SEALs found and killed Osama bin Laden in the military town of Abbottabad, reviving disturbing questions about ignorance or complicity within Pakistan’s powerful military.

Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas confirmed that the officer had been arrested, but released no further details on which of Pakistan’s plethora of banned Islamist militant groups he was alleged to have been in contact with.

“One of the brigadiers who we found having contacts with one of the defunct organisations is under detention,” Abbas told AFP.

“The investigation is on and we follow a zero tolerance policy of any such activity within the amry,” he added.