Lt Gen among dozen army officers dismissed by Pakistan Army Chief Sharif on corruption charges

In an unprecedented move, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has dismissed around a dozen military officers over corruption charges.

FP Staff April 21, 2016 16:15:44 IST
Lt Gen among dozen army officers dismissed by Pakistan Army Chief Sharif on corruption charges

In an unprecedented move, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has dismissed around a dozen military officers over corruption charges.

There are conflicting reports, but between 11 and 13 officials were dismissed on Thursday.

Lt Gen among dozen army officers dismissed by Pakistan Army Chief Sharif on corruption charges

Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif. Reuters

The development comes two days after Raheel said that "across the board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan", reports ARY News.

The most prominent among the terminated officers is former Inspector-General Frontier Constabulary Lieutenant-General Ubaidaullah Khattak, reports Daily Pakistan.

The call comes after the controversy surrounding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following the Panama Papers. Nawaz and his family are accused of holding undeclared offshore assets.

Opposition leaders have demanded a probe into the scandal, with some calling for Nawaz to step down.

Close aides say that the Pakistani prime minister is determined to have his three children cleared of accusations of money laundering and tax evasion in the aftermath of Panama Papers leak.

Whether or not the chief of army staff's 'purge' of tainted officers spreads to the civilian government remains to be seen, but keep watching this space.

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