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Pak army major gets 25 years in jail-Here is why

Islamabad: Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday confirmed the life sentence of a serving major,  the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in  a statement on Tuesday.

A brief statement issued by the army said the  officer was tried by Field General Court Martial and the court adjudged the accused officer guilty of misusing his authority.

“Pakistan Army, alive to its institutional accountability system has dismissed the officer from service and sent him to jail for life,” the statement said.

The has not released name of the officer and charges against him.

Independent Urdu while quoting sources in the military reported that the serving army major was convicted in a kidnapping for ransom case.

The report said misusing his authority, the major had kidnapped a child from Balochistan’s Nowshki area and demanded a Rs6.8 million ransom from his family.

The family somehow arranged the money and paid to the officer but their child was not released.

Citing sources in the military, the website reported that the convicted major demanded Rs5 million more prompting the family to hold a demonstration outside the Quetta Press club.

Then commander of army’s Southern Command Lt Gen Amir Riaz took notice of the issue and order an immediate inquiry.

Field General Court Martial sentenced the major to 25 year imprisonment and termination from service.

The convicted officer had challenged the sentence Military Branch GHQ which upheld the ruling and sent it to the army chief for confirmation.

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