Politicians hail move to purge graft-tainted servicemen

Published: April 22, 2016
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The civilian leadership has been under immense pressure in the wake of the Panama leaks. PHOTO: REUTERS

The civilian leadership has been under immense pressure in the wake of the Panama leaks. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Politicians from different parties while welcoming the military’s move to dismiss 11 officers from service over corruption charges have called for concerted efforts to reform the system that allows corruption.

Raja Zafarul Haq from the ruling PML-N dispelled the notion the dismissal of army officials had anything to do with Panama Papers. The civilian leadership has been under immense pressure in the wake of the Panama leaks.

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“This is a routine matter,” he said, adding accountability should be implemented in every aspect of life and anyone found guilty of breaking the law should be punished.

Nafisa Shah of the PPP also believed this was an internal issue of the military, which the army chief had taken care of over ‘good reasons’. “We cannot play politics on getting rid of corruption. It is important to ensure across-the-board accountability on every level,” she added.

On the problem of widespread corruption, Nafisa underscored the need for reforming the weak system that allowed wrongdoing. “There should be no sacred cows,” she said.

Calling for a transparent inquiry of Panama leaks, the PPP leader said the parliament had a bigger responsibility to come up with answers to the questions arising out of the controversy.

Ateeq Shaikh of the MQM said the whole nation had been waiting for the army chief’s move. “The nation is looking for relief from corruption and economic terrorism,” he added.

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He also called for accountability in all government departments, including the National Accountability Bureau, the Federal Investigation Agency and the provincial and federal anti-corruption departments.

While terming the military’s latest decision ‘a delayed one’, JUI-F’s Hafiz Hussain Ahmed said justice and law should be equal for all without any discrimination.

He also called for proper investigation and accountability in the cases against Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, who flew out of the country despite being charged in a treason case.

Nauman Wazir Khattak of PTI said the military set an example for the government to conduct its own accountability from the top to bottom. He said in a similar manner, the prime minister should now announce dismissing 50 bureaucrats and 50 politicians.

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In a written statement, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan also welcomed the decision of accountability within the army. He urged all state institutions to take practical steps against corruption to put an end to the scourge of corruption.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Zaida Parvez
    Apr 22, 2016 - 8:24AM

    This had always been the elephant in the room. Everybody knew it was there but nobody talked about it for obvious reasons. Hats off to Gen.Raheel Sharif to take the bull by its horns. He has set a very high standard for the next COAS to emulate. NS’s days might be numbered now.Recommend

  • Anz
    Apr 22, 2016 - 9:15AM

    Is this daya to day soap of Pakistan bureaucracy, politics, justice system and military available live on tv.?Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Apr 22, 2016 - 10:05AM

    According to western media the actual number is 6 not 11 officers dismissed.Recommend

  • Now
    Apr 22, 2016 - 11:08AM

    Now, I would really appreciate Gen Raheel were he to see if Musharraf really violated the Constitution?Recommend

  • Apr 22, 2016 - 4:46PM

    Both political parties are on the same page. Its only lips services. They should be the one to desert their leader and bring them to face the music. No 3rd party would be involve. Only words are not enough action is needed from these people. Why we ask army to fix any leak tap. Are politician are incapable to tackle this issue which hanging around their nick from the last sixty eight odd years. Our politician are the enemy of the state. They are organised criminal. At this vary time the Noon has broken all there election promises and would welcome the army to get involve so they can once again become victim and ask for sympathy vote in up coming election. Recommend

  • buga
    Apr 22, 2016 - 11:08PM

    Maybe these same politicians should have been complaining about military corruption/graft B4 the General finally fired these guys? Maybe these same politicians should be asking why the military hasn’t taken sufficient steps to remove those officials who have supported religious extremist and OBL? Lastly – if these guys are corrupt maybe they belong in jail rather than just dismissed?Recommend

  • Raees Ahmad
    Apr 23, 2016 - 12:26AM

    All from FC ????????Recommend

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