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Gen. Bajwa Backs Sentences of Former Army and Civilian Officers: ISPR

RAWALPINDI – The Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, backed the sentences of two retired army officers and a civilian accused of espionage, the Inter-Services Public Relations Service (ISPR) said in a statement on Thursday evening.
According to the Pakistani army media wing, Lieutenant General (r) Javed Iqbal, Brigadier Raja Rizwan and Dr Wasim Akram, an employee of a sensitive organization, were convicted of espionage activities and leaked confidential information of law enforcement agencies to foreign espionage.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Qamar Javed Bajwa, endorsed the punishment of two retired military officers and a civilian on charges of spying / leaking sensitive information to foreign agencies that harm national security,” said the ISPR statement.
“The officers were tried under the Pakistan Army Law (PAA) and the Law of Official Secrecy by a separate Martial Field Court (FGCM) for separate cases,” said ISPR.
The following details, quoted verbatim, list the names of the three individuals and the punishment given to them:
Retired Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal – received 14 years in rigorous prison.
The retired brigadier Raja Rizwan – sentenced to death.
Doctor Wasim Akram (employee in a delicate organization): death sentence.
The ISPR statement contained no further details of the crimes committed by the three convicts. However, he issued a previous video statement from the DG ISPR General Major Asif Ghafoor confirming the arrest of the two officers and their court marshal.
“Reports are circulating in the media that two senior army officers are under arrest. Yes they are. There are two officers who are in military custody on charges of espionage,” he confirms in the video.
“The army chief has ordered a general court martial that is in process.” “Both are separate cases and are not linked together in any way and there is no network as such,” he said. “Keep in mind that if we were able to obtain them and identify the problem, it is a success.”
“These things happen […] when the court-martial process is completed, I will share with you the results that arise,” he had said.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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