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Rana deserted Pakistan army

world Updated: Jan 08, 2010 00:30 IST

Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana, who faces U.S. charges in the terror plot against the Danish newspaper and has also been accused of having prior knowledge of the November 26, 2008 attacks in Mumbai, didn’t manage to secure his release from detention at a hearing in Chicago.

But the major revelation came from a motion filed by Rana’s lawyer Patrick Blegen, which stated that his client was a “de jure deserter” from the Pakistani military.

According to sources, Rana may actually have served in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, possibly around Gilgit.

The document provided by Rana’s attorney has confirmed his career in Pakistan’s armed forces.

According to the motion, while serving as a military physician, Rana had been transported to high elevations in the Northern Areas of Pakistan without proper acclimatisation, due to which he suffered from High Altitude Cerebral Edema and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema.

The Pakistan military was unable to treat Rana effectively and he took leave and went to England for treatment.

While in England, it became clear that the treatment schedule would not be complete during the period of his leave and permission for additional leave was denied.

“Ultimately, Defendant’s treatment forced him to overstay his leave, making him a de jure deserter from the Pakistani military,” the motion stated.