Across-the-board accountability: Gen Sharif dismisses 11 top army officers over corruption
Those sacked for corruption include one major general, one Lt. Gen, five brigadiers, and three lieutenant colonels.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel on Wednesday had quite vocally stated that across-the-board accountability was essential for prosperous Pakistan.
The officers who have been dismissed include:
- Lt. Gen. Ubaidullah Khattak
- Maj. Gen. Ejaz Shahid
- Lt Col Haider
- Maj. Najeeb
- Brig. Rasheed
- Brig. Aamir
- Brig. Asad
- Brig. Saifullah
According to senior political analyst Dr. Shahid Masood said 11 top officers of Pakistan Army had been dismissed and all their privileges, benefits, and medals had been taken back.
“On going 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 uprooted, remarked the army chief during his visit to the Signal Regimental Centre Kohat on Wednesday.
“Pakistan’s Armed Forces will fully support every meaningful effort in that direction which would ensure a better future for our next generations.”
He said steps would be taken to eliminate corruption as well as terrorism for progress of Pakistan. These initiatives will reflect in development of the country.
Reaction on Twitter
Following the decision, prominent Pakistanis took to micro-blogging site Twitter and appreciated the unprecedented move by Pakistan army.
Gen Raheel Shareef has fulfilled his promise, no one can raise finger on Army. Now NS must resign. Long Live Pak Army #ThankYouRaheelSharif
— Senator Faisal Abidi (@SenFaisalAbidi) April 21, 2016
Army Chief, Gen. Sharif ‘s tough action, dismissal of 13 senior officers, for corruption sets the stage for accountability on Panama Files — Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) April 21, 2016
time for politicians to choose judge for accountability, time is running out
— Sheikh Rashid Ahmad (@ShkhRasheed) April 21, 2016
zindagi me pheli bar aisa ahtisab dekha hy.us ko agay barhatay hue hr satah me ab ahtisab hona chae — Sheikh Rashid Ahmad (@ShkhRasheed) April 21, 2016
Tabdeeli aagai hai!!!
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) April 21, 2016
Well done Gen Raheel Sharif/Pakistan Army for action against corrupt senior Army officers and setting an example for others to follow suit — MasoodSharif Khattak (@MSharifKhattak) April 21, 2016
No tolerance when it comes to corruption, Indeed a great step by G.Raheel Sharif. All the courrpt politicians should be brought to justice!
— Shoaib Siddiqui (@ShoaibPTI_PP147) April 21, 2016
Great move by Gen Raheel Sharif. It all begins from home. — Usman Dar (@UdarOfficial) April 21, 2016
: RT YaSiR___kHaN: Respect for General Raheel Sharif. Slap for all those who did criticism on Chief statement against corruption.
— Ayesha Gulalai (@AyshaGulalaiPTI) April 21, 2016