ISLAMABAD: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Maj-Gen Ahmed Sharif on Monday revealed that the Pakistan Army has court martialled and dismissed several high-ranking officials from service, including a lieutenant general among others, over their alleged involvement in what he termed a “conspiracy against Pakistan”.
The military spokesperson, while addressing a press conference at GHQ, informed that the investigation held until now has proven that [the events] of May 9 were being planned for the past several months. “Under this planning, first a conducive environment was created and people were instigated and provoked against the army.”
Maj Gen Sharif revealed that the army had completed its process of “self-accountability”, saying that two comprehensive inquiries — led by major generals — were conducted into violent events that took place at army garrisons on May 9.
He said that strict action taken against 15 officers, including one lieutenant general, three major generals and seven brigadiers, over their alleged involvement and failure to protect military installations in the wake of incidents following violent protests on May 9.
The DG ISPR said that these penalties showed that accountability in the Pakistan Army was carried out without discrimination, irrespective of rank or social status.
“As of now, a granddaughter of a retired four-star general, son-in-law of a retired four-star star general, wife of a retired three-star general, and wife and son-in-law of a retired two-star general are facing this process of accountability due to irrefutable evidence.”
Expressing regret over the May 9 mayhem, the DG ISPR said the planning of the violent incidents was done several months ago. “The people were manipulated by this outrageous narrative,” he added.