Army chief ratifies life sentence for serving major over misuse of authority

Published: August 20, 2019
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COAS General Bajwa. PHOTO: EXPRESS

COAS General Bajwa. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The Pakistan Army dismissed a major rank officer from service for misusing authority, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

“The court adjudged the accused officer guilty of misusing his authority. Pakistan Army, alive to its institutional accountability system has dismissed the officer from service and sent him to jail for life.”

The sentence, passed after the officer was tried by a field general court martial, was confirmed by Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Earlier, a three-star retired general had been sentenced to 14 years in jail and a retired brigadier awarded the death sentence by field general courts-martial on charges of espionage and leaking “sensitive information” to foreign agencies.

A doctor associated with a “sensitive organisation” had also been handed down capital punishment on similar charges.

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According to ISPR, General Bajwa endorsed the punishment to the officers on the charges of “espionage and leaking of sensitive information to foreign agencies prejudice to national security”.

The officers — identified by the military’s media wing as Lieutenant General (retd) Javed Iqbal, Brigadier (retd) Raja Rizwan and Doctor Wasim Akram — were tried under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act by separate field general court martial in separate cases.

Lt Gen (retd) Iqbal had been awarded 14 years of rigorous imprisonment, while Brigadier (retd) Rizwan has been handed down the death sentence. Doctor Akram, who, according to the ISPR, was employed at a sensitive organisation, has also been awarded the death penalty.

Last year, former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif dismissed 11 military officers over corruption charges which included one lieutenant general, one major general, five brigadiers, three colonels and one major.

 

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