Pakistan

Pakistan Army Sentences Two Retired Officers for Sedition and Espionage

The Pakistan Army has announced the conviction and sentencing of two of its former officers for inciting sedition, espionage and acts prejudicial to the safety and interest of the state.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday, Maj (retd) Adil Farooq Raja and Capt (retd) Haider Raza Mehdi were tried and punished by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 and the Official Secrets Act, 1923.

The ISPR said that the retired officers were found guilty of inciting sedition among army personnel from the discharge of duties and violating the provisions of the Official Secrets Act related to espionage and acts prejudicial to the safety and interest of the state.

The court of competent jurisdiction convicted and adjudged both the individuals on October 7 and 9 through due judicial process, the statement added.

Maj (retd) Raja was awarded 14 years of rigorous imprisonment and Capt (retd) Mehdi was given 12 years. The ranks of both officers have been forfeited on November 21, 2023, the ISPR said.

The statement did not provide any details about the nature and extent of the offences committed by the former officers. However, according to some media reports, the duo was allegedly involved in spreading anti-state propaganda and leaking sensitive information to foreign agencies.

The conviction and sentencing of the ex-army officers is a rare and unprecedented move by the Pakistan Army, which is known for its discipline and professionalism. The army has taken strict action against any breach of its code of conduct and loyalty to the state.

The ISPR said that the Pakistan Army upholds the highest standards of integrity and honour and will not tolerate any act of indiscipline or betrayal of the country.

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