Army Major receives 25 years in prison in abduction case

Army major misused his authority and abducted a Baloch kid from Naushki, Balochistan, in 2016.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) directorate revealed that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has confirmed life sentence to a serving major that was misusing his authorities.

“General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), [has] confirmed the sentence of a serving Major who was tried by Field General Court Martial. The court adjusted the accused officer guilty of misusing his authority” – the statement said.

As reported, quoting sources from within the department, the serving Army major misused his authority and abducted a Baloch kid from Naushki, Balochistan, in 2016, asking for nearly 7 million in ransom. The distressed family arranged the amount and paid, but the child still did not return home.

Another 5 million was demanded in ransom, after which the family protested outside Quetta Press Club. Core commander Quetta Lt Gen Amir Riaz took notice of the case. After the investigation found him guilty, he was deposed following a court-martial and sentenced to prison for 25 years.

Pakistan Army’s strong institutional accountability system:

Further on in the statement, it was stated that the Pakistan Army, keeping in mind its institutional accountability system has dismissed the officer from service and sentenced him a lifetime jail sentence.

The media did not reveal the name of the officer or further details about the case due to privacy reasons.

Earlier this year, Army Chief approved of the punishment given to two senior officers and one civil officer on the charge of espionage or leaking of personal/sensitive information to foreign agencies. At the time, the officers convicted and punished were Lt. Gen Javed Iqbal, given 14 years imprisonment, Retd. Brigadier Raja Rizwan and Dr. Wasim Akram who was employed at a vulnerable organization as per ISPR. Dr. Wasim Akram and Raja Rizwan were awarded death sentence.

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