Well done General Raheel Sharif as you are the first General and Chief of Army Staff in the history of Pakistan who sacked two generals and 12 senior Pak-Army officers on corruption and did accountability across the board in an Institution which is a sacred cow and beyond any accountability till by now says the Communist Party of Pakistan (CPP) and its Chairman Engineer Jameel Ahmad Malik.
Communist Party now demands from all the Government Institutions like Judiciary, legislature and the executive and from the Parliamentarians, Politicians, Engineers, Doctors and others members of the Civil Society to end and curb corruption within their ranks and files.
The following officers are among those dismissed:
- Lt. General Obaidullah, Inspector General Arms and Weapons at General Headquarters
- Major General Ejaz Shahid
- Brigadier Rasheed
- Brigadier Asad Shahzada
- Brigadier Saifullah
- Brigadier Amir
- Brigadier Haider
- Lt. Colonel Haider, Commandant Chaman Scouts
- Major Najeeb
The eight officers named above served with the Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan and have been charged for corruption during their service with the paramilitary force.
The others dismissed were junior commission officers who worked with those named above senior officers.
The development comes a day after the army chief said “across the board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan”.
“Without ending corruption, Pakistan will not become peaceful and strong. The disease of corruption is destroying the roots of Pakistan.” The army chief said two days back.
The sacked officers were asked to return all earnings accumulated through corruption, while all perks and privileges had been withdrawn from the officers except their pensions.
The investigation was conducted by Adjutant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat and the army chief signed the orders.
Lt. General Obaidullah also served as IG FC from 2010-2013, after which Major General Ejaz Shahid was appointed IG FC.
The army chief’s call for across-the-board accountability comes as the ruling family is embroiled in the explosive Panama Papers which count Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family among other global political élite with undeclared offshore assets.
Three children Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Mariam Nawaz of PM Nawaz have been accused of money laundering and tax evasion in the aftermath of Panama Papers leak.
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 actions will have repercussions for civilian institutions and corrupt politicians under the microscope would be probed transparently.
Communist Party said the Army chief has “set an example for politicians to follow” and the decision would “build pressure on politicians as well as the judiciary to root out corruption” within their ranks and files.
“This decision has come at a time when certain sections were apprehensive about the involvement of Pakistan Army in civilian matters,” says the Defence analyst General (Retd) Talat Masood.
One other Defence analyst Hassan Askari said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and other agencies will be pressed to take similar action about bureaucracy.
The army chief’s actions will have repercussions for civilian institutions and corrupt politicians under the microscope would be probed transparently vehemently stressed the Communist Party.