Rawalpindi: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has fired 6 high ranking army officers over corruption charges on Thursday.
The most prominent among the terminated officers are former Inspector General Frontier Constabulary Lt Gen Ubaidaullah Khattak and Major General Ijaz Shahid. The officers served in the Frontier Corps (FC) in Balochistan.
Other senior names in the list of sacked officers include Brigadier Amir, Brigadier Saifullah, Brigadier Asad Shahzada and Colonel Haider.
The sacked officers are asked to deposit the embezzled money. The sacked army officers would not get any of the retirement perks and privileges except for pension and medical treatment facility.
Earlier media reports said as many as 12 army officers, including some JCO’s, have been sacked.
There has been no official announcement as yet from the military.
Meanwhile, the political leaders have appreciated the move taken by the Army Chief and said that it will set an example for other institutions as well.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said that move by the army chief to dismiss corrupt officers is a welcoming step, adding that the pressure on the government will increase if it fails to take action against corruption.
The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Sirajul Haq also appreciated and welcomed dismissal of army officers as a result of corruption probe. He said that now it’s time for other institutions as well to act against corruption.
The move comes two days after the General Raheel Sharif during his visit at the Signal Regimental Centre in Kohat emphasized the need for carrying out across the board accountability for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan.
The Army Chief on Tuesday 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.”