Pakistan Army clarified on Thursday that the allotment of agricultural land to General (retd) Raheel Sharif was carried out under constitutional provision.
“… it may be known that such allotments are through constitutional provision. Allotment to COAS General Raheel Sharif (r) is also under same provision and through government/army procedure,” read a statement issued by the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
‘Some elements’ trying to defame ex-army chief
The former army chief, who retired in November 2016, was allotted 90 acres of land, and the news triggered varying responses on mainstream and social media.
“This debate with intent of maligning army has the potential to create misunderstandings between state institutions...,” the statement added.
Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, an analyst, while talking to The Express Tribune, said: “Apparently, this information has been leaked to tarnish his image which he had gained throughout his service and during his tenure as chief of the army staff.”