Pakistan army officer given life sentence over 'misuse' of authority

The army officer, whose identity has not been disclosed, was tried by a Field General Court Martial. (Shutterstock)
Updated 22 August 2019
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Pakistan army officer given life sentence over 'misuse' of authority

  • Has been dismissed from service and jailed for life, ISPR says
  • Follows top commander General Bajwa's decision to jail two other personnel

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed reports of an army major being awarded a life sentence over misuse of authority, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) directorate said in a statement released on Tuesday.
The army officer, whose identity has not been disclosed, was tried by a Field General Court Martial.
"Pakistan Army, alive to its institutional accountability system, has dismissed the officer from service and sent him to jail for life," the statement added.
Earlier in May this year, Gen Bajwa had endorsed sentences for two senior ex-army officers and one civil officer "on the charges of espionage and leakage of sensitive information to foreign agencies."
On Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan, announced the extension of Gen. Bajwa's term in office. He was scheduled to retire in November this year, but will continue in office for three more years.


UAE citizens in Pakistan cast votes as balloting begins for Federal National Council

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UAE citizens in Pakistan cast votes as balloting begins for Federal National Council

  • More than 200 UAE citizens in Pakistan are expected to cast their vote
  • Half of the council this year is expected to be women: UAE envoy

ISLAMABAD: The UAE envoy to Pakistan was the first to cast his vote on Sunday at the UAE embassy, as balloting began for the country’s citizens residing or working abroad to elect a political candidate to represent them in the Federal National Council (FNC), a parliamentary body for the seven emirates that make up the UAE.
According to UAE officials, more than 200 of the country’s citizens live in Pakistan including over 60 residing in the capital, Islamabad.
“This is the fourth election for the Federal (National) Council in UAE, and we are really proud of this democracy process in UAE,” Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan said while speaking to Arab News during the balloting session at the embassy in Islamabad.
The UAE has more than 118 diplomatic missions around the world which have set up polling booths for citizens to cast their votes, Al-Zaabi said.
“The (polling for the FNC) election in Pakistan will be held in Islamabad and at the consulate in Karachi on September 22 and 23. The big election in UAE will be held between October 2 to 4, followed by results... announced on October 5,” the UAE Ambassador said.
FNC, as per the provision of the UAE Constitution, was established in 1971 and comprises of 40 members representing the Arab peninsula’s seven Emirates; with Abu Dhabi and Dubai having the most number of seats followed by Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, and less populated Fujairah, Ajman, and Umm al Quwain with the least.
In the past, all members were appointed by the emirates’ respective rulers, but in 2006 the method was revised to introduce a partial form of democracy that allows the people of UAE to elect 20 FNC members through an electoral process.
“We started in 2006 and now we are in 2019 and this year it is totally different because half of this council will be women. UAE and its leadership support women empowerment and encourages females to be part of the country’s legislative decisions,” Al-Zaabi said.
The Ambassador, widely known for his philanthropic activities in Pakistan and his continued efforts to strengthen fraternal ties between the two countries said: “We have reached our goals to support democracy and encourage the people in UAE to be part of this democratic process.”