September 22, 2019 | 3:31 AM IST
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Pak military courts award capital punishment and life sentence to 3 for spying

Pakistani military courts have sentenced one retired Pakistan Army General to 14 years in jail and death penalties to a retired Brigadier and a doctor for leaking ‘sensitive information to foreign agencies’. Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa endorsed the punishment for sending sensitive information to foreign agencies. This was informed by a report filed by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The sentences were announced during a closed-door military trial to Lieutenant General (Retd) Javed Iqbal, Brigadier (Retd) Raja Rizwan, and Doctor Wasim Akram. They were tried under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by separate Field General Court Martial for separate cases.

However, the army did not reveal the exact nature of spying and to whom the ‘sensitive information’ was passed on to and who was the ‘foreign agency’.

Information about the two officers’ arrest and legal proceedings was revealed by the army earlier in February by military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor during a press meet at Rawalpindi. Going by the statistics, some 400 officers from different ranks have been given various punishments, including reprimand, warning, caution, salary-cut, dismissal from service and even imprisonment in the past two years. Rulings can only be challenged or reviewed in accordance with military procedures.

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