RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif has dismissed 12 senior army officers including all allowances on corruption charges on Thursday, Aaj News reported.
The dismissed officers included five brigadiers, three colonels and one major general.
Earlier this week, Gen Sharif had 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.”
He had said the 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.
Similarly, on November 11, 2015, General Raheel had told a corps commanders’ meeting that good governance is a pre-requisite for development and better results.
This statement had received an overwhelming response from politicians. Talking to Business Recorder, Lieutenant General Talat Masood (retd) had said the message is loud and clear that there is no place in Pakistan if you will not stop corruption.
He had said Pakistan Army is upset as all the sacrifices of armed forces are going in vain if the incidents of corruption are not stopped. Corruption has always remained major issue of the country but now it has come under focus, he added.
Government Reaction on Army Chief’s statement
While reacting on the recent statement, the Information Minister Pervez Rashid said the statement regarding corruption was a part of the government’s national agenda.
The minister said eradication of corruption was part of PML-N manifesto during the general election 2013 as every person want to see the country free of corruption.