Monday, September 17, 2012
From Print Edition
Three former generals of the army have been called back to duty to face trial for serious financial irregularities in NLC. According to media reports, they received heavy commissions from the companies they had dealt with. As a result, the NLC suffered a loss of Rs1.8 billion.
My question is: why try them in army courts when they could be tried in the civil courts where bureaucrats and politicians are tried? Why this preferential treatment for generals?
Prof Fajune Pirzada
This is with reference to the news that three army generals will face court martial in the NLC scam of billions. Why aren’t these generals tried in civil courts? One answer can be: the army high command wants these corrupt officers to be punished in the shortest possible time. We all know what would happen if these generals were tried in civil courts. It would take years to bring them to justice.
It must be appreciated that it is for the first time in the history of Pakistan that senior army officers have been subjected to face trial on corruption charges. The credit goes to the PPP-led government which followed this case and ultimately forced the army to take action against these military personnel.