Two senior Army officers along with a civilian have been awarded punishment on charges of espionage. A three-star army general has been sentenced to 14 years in jail, and a brigadier awarded the death sentence by military courts in separate cases.
The civilian involved:
A civilian doctor, associated with “sensitive organization” has also been handed over death sentence on similar charges. According to a brief statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa endorsed the punishment for officers for leaking sensitive information to foreign agencies, breaching the national security.
The officers are identified as Lieutenant General (retd) Javed Iqbal, Brigadier (retd) Raja Rizwan, and Doctor Wasim Akram – were tried under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by separate Field General Court Martial (FGCM) for separate cases.
Lt Gen (retd) Iqbal is awarded 14 years rigorous imprisonment for espionage. The other officer Brigadier (retd) Rizwan has been handed the death sentence. According to the ISPR, Doctor Akram was affiliated with a sensitive organization and has also been awarded the death penalty.
DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor confirmed a few months back that two officers are in custody for leaking sensitive information.
“…Two officers are under military custody on the charges of espionage” – he said at the news briefing.
“The army chief has ordered a field general court-martial which is under process” – he added.
He previously said that “when the court-martial process is complete, I will share the results with you”. According to the statistics shared by a local news source, 400 officers of various ranks have been given various punishments, including reprimand, warning, caution, salary-cut, dismissal from service, and even imprisonment, during the last two years.
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