COAS endorses death sentence Retired brigadier, civilian leaking info

RAWALPINDI: On Thursday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the sentences of two Army officers and a civilian on charges of espionage has been endorsed by General Qamar Javed Bajwa- the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

The three men in which Javed Iqbal- the Lieutenant General (retd), Raja Rizwan- the Brigadier (retd) and Dr. Wasim Akram- an employee at a sensitive organization are included and they were convicted of spying activities and leaking sensitive information to foreign spy agencies, as per the media wing of military.

“The officers were tried under Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by separate Field General Court Marshal (FGCM) for separate cases,”  said by the ISPR.

The Lt-Gen (retd) Javed Iqbal, as per the details handed out by the ISPR, was sentenced 14 years of rigorous imprisonment.

Whereas, the death sentence were awarded to the Brigadier (retd) Raja Rizwan and Dr. Wasim Akram.

There were no more details given in the statement related to the crime committed by these three convicts, the arrest of the senior officers had been confirmed by Director General ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor in a press conference on February 22 this year.

Moreover, Maj-Gen Ghafoor had said that, “There are two officers who are under military custody on the charges of espionage. The Army chief has ordered Field General Court Marshal for them.”

These two cases are not linked to each other and are two separate cases, there is no network as such,” he added.

The reporters had been told at the press conference that, “Keep in mind that, if we have been able to get them and identify the issue, it is a success.”

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