Army chief

Army chief sacks 13 officers for graft

Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif on Thursday sacked 13 officers, including two generals, on charges of corruption.

The unprecedented sackings came two days after Sharif called for “across-the-board accountability” to root out corruption from the country.

Among the officers who were dismissed were Lt Gen Obaidullah Khattak, a major general, five brigadiers, four colonels and a major.

Sharif had waded into the Panama Papers leaks controversy on Tuesday, stressing the need for action against graft to ensure the country’s prosperity.

In his remarks to a gathering of army personnel in Pakistan’s northwest, Sharif said, “Across-the-board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan.

“Pakistan’s armed forces will fully support every meaningful effort in that direction, which would ensure a better future for our next generations.”

Sharif also said the war against terror could not be won unless “the menace of corruption is uprooted”.

The army chief’s remarks came at a time when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was attacked by the opposition after his two sons and a daughter were linked to the Panama Papers scandal.

Around 220 Pakistanis, including Nawaz Sharif’s three children, have been named in the massive leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm. The prime minister has rejected any allegations of money laundering, saying his children have legitimate businesses abroad.

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