By SJA Jafri
MELBOURNE/ ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa has endorsed punishment to two Army and one civil officer on the charges of espionage/leakage of sensitive information to foreign agencies prejudice to the national security.
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the military, in a statement said “The officers were tried under Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by separate Field General Court Marshal (FGCM) for separate cases.”
Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal (retired) was awarded 14 years rigorous imprisonment, while Brigadier Raja Rizwan (retired) awarded death sentence, the statement said.
While, doctor Wasim Akram (Employed at Sensitive Organization) was awarded death sentence.
Sources claimed that Pakistan has arrested retired Pak army Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Awan for spying for CIA and another severe crime against an oppressed community in Pakistan for more than 14 years. He was commander of Bahawalpur based 31 corps and was also DGMO and Adjutant General of Pak army. He retired in 2016 and was working for CIA 2004 onwards.
Meanwhile, a retired brigadier accused of having links with banned outfit Hizbut Tahrir (HT) and planning attacks on the Military General Headquarters (GHQ) has also dismissed from service against spying and other harsh offenses.