Pakistan Army dismisses three officers for misuse of authority, illegal activities

Two of the three officers awarded rigorous imprisonment for two years each, says ISPR

News Desk October 11, 2019
HRW report has claimed that the Pakistan government has failed to act against abuses by security and intelligence agencies. PHOTO: FILE

The Pakistan Army has dismissed three officers from service over misuse of authority and involvement in illegal activities, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday.

"Charges included misuse of authority and involvement in illegal activities unbecoming of an officer."

The three major rank officers were awarded punishment on account of "breach of discipline and misconduct".

The brief statement by the ISPR further said the officers were found guilty of charges levelled against them and two have been awarded "rigorous imprisonment for two years each".

In August, the Army had also dismissed a major rank officer from service for misusing authority and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

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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 prison and a retired brigadier awarded the death sentence by field general court-martial on charges of espionage and leaking “sensitive information” to foreign agencies.

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.

Former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif had also 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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