Pakistan sacks six army officers over corruption

April 22, 2016 4:00 pm

army chief Raheel Sharif ©AFP

Pakistan has sacked six high-ranking army officers, including two generals, who were convicted of being involved in corruption.
A lieutenant-general, a major-general, three brigadiers and a colonel were dismissed on Thursday after a court found them guilty of corruption, said Pakistani officials on condition of anonymity.
The officials did not give further information about the trial and the corruption cases, but declared that the six did not receive prison sentences.
According to local media, the officers were only stripped off some military benefits, except for pension and medical ones.
The move came two days after Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif said corruption had to be uprooted amid the fight against terrorism.
“Ongoing war against terrorism and extremism being fought with the backing of entire nation cannot bring enduring peace and stability unless the menace of corruption is not uprooted,” Sharif said on Tuesday.
He noted that the country’s armed forces will “fully support every meaningful effort” for the integrity and prosperity of Pakistan.
The move comes amid calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign after the so-called Panama Papers showed that his family members had offshore accounts.
The leaks from Panama’s Mossack Fonseca firm said that three of the premier’s children own offshore companies and assets that were not mentioned in family’s wealth statement.
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