RAWALPINDI: In an unprecedented move, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif dismissed 12 military officers over corruption on Thursday, military sources said.
Five brigadiers, three colonels and one major general are among those dismissed by the Army chief, DawnNews reported.
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.”
Security analyst Talat Masood said the Army chief has “set an example for politicians to follow”.
An editorial in Dawn today says:
“Accountability per se is not a political issue, but then the national conversation at the moment is about the excesses of elected leaders. Perhaps a better way to interject itself into that conversation would have been for the military to start the so-called across-the-board accountability process itself.
Surely in offering the military to greater financial scrutiny, a positive example would be set that politicians would be under legitimate pressure to follow.
Yet, where the military errs, the political class inflicts damage on itself — and the wider cause of democracy.”
Courtesy : Dawn News