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Army serves capital punishment to senior officers for espionage

Army Chief upheld the decision of punishment to top tier Army officers for espionage. These officers were tried in military courts and were convicted of leaking sensitive information. Defense analysts believe other institutions should follow in Army's tread of thorough and swift judgment.

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In the latest development, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, chief of Army Staff, has confirmed punishment to two senior retired army and one civil officer.

The said officers have been punished “on the charges of espionage/ leakage of sensitive information to foreign agencies prejudice to the national security”, a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Thursday. “The officers were tried under Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by separate Field General Court Martial (FGCM) for separate cases,” it added.

The details of the officers are:

  1. Retired Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal — awarded 14 years rigorous imprisonment
  2. Retired Brigadier Raja Rizwan — awarded death sentence
  3. Doctor Wasim Akram (Employed at Sensitive Organisation) — awarded death sentence

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ISPR also released a video statement of Major General Asif Ghafoor confirming the arrest of the two officers and their court-martial. “Reports started circulating in the media that two senior army officers were under arrest. Yes, they are. There are two officers who are under military custody on the charges of espionage,” the ISPR director general confirms in the video.


PTI’s Shireen Mazari tweeted the news and said “Punished for espionage – a tale of greed and betrayal reaches its conclusion. Would be useful to know how foreign missions were apparently used so there is greater awareness.”

Analysts believe that the tone has been set by the armed forces that nobody is above the law and anyone selling out information for the sake of money shall be met with the same treatment.

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It is also believed that the army has given a shut call to its critics who believe army officers are above the law.

Social media users shared the pictures of the involved officers and cursed them.

Defense analyst Zaid Hamid said that “Now when Army has played a strong masterstroke by announcing executions of traitors from within its own ranks, there is NO excuse for the political Govt to show any weakness or lapse towards the traitors within their fold like Zardari, Nawaz, Altaf, PTM types.”

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It is believed that the accountability must be across the board and anyone found guilty must be punished. The army has set the standard.