Gen Raheel dismisses 12 army officers from service over corruption

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Thursday, 21 April 2016

Gen Raheel dismisses 12 army officers from service over corruption

Shiite News: In an unprecedented move, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif dismissed 12 army officers from service over charges of corruption on Thursday, military sources said.

Five brigadiers, three colonels and a major general are among those dismissed by the army chief, Dawn News reported.

Sources say the following officers are among those dismissed:

  • Lt Gen Obaidullah serving as Inspector General Arms and Weapons at General Headquarters
  • Maj Gen Ejaz Shahid
  • Brigadier Rasheed
  • Brigadier Asad Shahzada
  • Brigadier Saifullah
  • Brigadier Amir
  • Lt Col Haider
  • Maj Najeeb

There has been no official confirmation regarding the move.

The development comes two days after the COAS said "across the board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan", adding that the war against terror cannot be won unless "the menace of corruption is uprooted".

Gen Raheel said "Pakistan’s Armed Forces will fully support every meaningful effort in that direction which would ensure a better future for our next generations."

The army chief's call for across-the-board accountability comes as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is embroiled in the explosive Panama Papers which count his family among other global political elite with undeclared offshore assets.

Opposition leaders have demanded a probe into the scandal, with some calling for the PM to step down.

Quarters close to the PM’s Office say PM Nawaz is determined to have his three children cleared of accusations of money laundering and tax evasion in the aftermath of Panama Papers leak.

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