Pakistan army awards death sentence to retired brigadier, doctor for spying

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RAWALPINDI: Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday approved the death sentence to a retired army officer and a civilian and rigorous imprisonment to one army officer on charges of “espionage/leakage of sensitive information to foreign agencies prejudice to the national security.”

According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations on Thursday, the two army officers were tried under Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by separate Field General Court Marshal (FGCM) for separate cases

The following details, quoted verbatim, list the names of the three individuals and the punishment accorded to them:

  1. Retired Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal – Awarded 14 years rigorous imprisonment.
  2. Retired Brigadier Raja Rizwan – Awarded Death Sentence.
  3. Doctor Wasim Akram (Employed at Sensitive Organisation) – Awarded Death Sentence.

In a video statement released by the ISPR, Pakistan army chief spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor confirmed that two officers were arrested and court-martial-ed for leaking sensitive information to foreign intelligence agencies.