‘Special’ anti-corruption drive carried out in army: ISPR

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Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant-General Asim Saleem Bajwa on Tuesday stated that the Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif has ratified the death sentences of eleven terrorists on May 3, adding that the military courts were functioning on a daily basis.

Speaking at a private TV channel’s programme, Lieutenant General Bajwa stated that a total of 207 cases were being heard at military courts and that decisions regarding 88 of them have been made. He stated that the operation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was almost complete.

The DG ISPR said that various intelligence-based operations were being carried out in the country and that the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) were also returning to their homes, adding that the entire population of TDPs would back to their abodes by the end of the ongoing year.

Lieutenant General Bajwa said that operations would be carried out in all the no-go areas of the country and that all such areas would be cleared. He further added that the ‘Chottu gang’ was operational for the past 7 years.

He further added that some facilitators of terrorists still exist and advised people to keep an eye on suspicious individuals. Lieutenant General Bajwa said that the Chottu gang had made many revelations; however, complete accounts of things will be discussed after a report is finalised.

The DG ISPR confirmed an action was taken against various military personnel for their involvement in corruption. He stated a Special anti-corruption campaign was being carried out within the army on the orders of the Army Chief.

He added that to cater such incidents in future, the process of self-accountability needed to be made more functional. He said that six military personnel were sacked and that all of them were punished for committing the same.

He clarified that no inquiry took place against Lieutenant General Naveed Zaman and Sajjad Ghani, adding that speculations were being spread against them.

According to him, army is setting examples by dealing with corruption effectively, adding that punishments were awarded in accordance with the offence committed.

The DG ISPR said the process of accountability had been made more functional, adding that inquiries would be held in future and punishments would be given according to the decisions made.

Source: Business Recorder