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Anti-army campaign: Army withdraws pensionary benefits of 5 ex-servicemen

Informed defence sources said that action against these officers was taken last month after following legal procedures

June 12, 2022
The Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi. Photo: The News/File
The Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi. Photo: The News/File

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has withdrawn all post-retirement benefits including pension and free medical cover of five retired army officers, including at least one ex-major general, for being part of the anti-army campaign, it has been learnt.

Informed defence sources told The News that action against these officers was taken last month after following legal procedures and giving the ex-servicemen a chance to defend their position.

These sources categorically deny that the number of ex-servicemen facing such actions is around 150, and lamented that some YouTubers are connecting the military action against its five ex-servicemen with a recent statement of PMLN Vice President Maryam Nawaz.

“The GHQ had proceeded against the five retired officers at least two weeks before Maryam spoke on the issue,” one of these sources said, lamenting that all sorts of lies are being spread and irresponsible statements being made by the media, particularly the social media and some YouTubers, without verifying the facts. The source said that the military expects from the government to proceed against those who are maligning the institution.

This correspondent had approached the defence sources to inquire if i) the number of retired army officers whose pensionary benefits have been withdrawn is around 150, and ii) whether action against any of these officers has anything to do with Maryam Nawaz's statement in which she had sought the withdrawal of all benefits and military medals of those retired generals who are controversially campaigning in favour of the PTI.

In response to the above questions, The News was told that the GHQ had proceeded against only five retired officers as per the law and the Constitution. “The social media reports of 150 ex-servicemen facing the action are totally incorrect,” the source said. He disclosed that those who faced the action included officers retired from the rank of major to major general.

It is explained that these retired officers were found campaigning against the army. They were warned, confronted and proceeded against as per the law. They were penalised under the provisions of the Official Secret Act, the source said, adding that these officers had gone out of line to peddle propaganda against the institution.

Regarding the question about the military action and linking it with Maryam Nawaz's statement by some YouTubers, these sources said that the decision by the GHQ was taken at least two weeks before Maryam did her presser. “No connection whatsoever,” a source said, lamenting that neither the media nor government was doing anything against those media men and YouTubers who are maligning the institution on a daily basis. “It is really damaging and dangerous for everyone,” the source said.

After the ouster of Imran Khan from the Prime Minister's Office, a group of ex-servicemen, including retired three-star generals, became part of PTI social media campaigns. Some of these retired officers crossed the military’s red lines while many of them reviewed their position and withdrew from testing the limits.

Recently, some retired officers, including at least two retired three-star generals, held a press conference in Islamabad but it turned out to be a complete messy affair. Maryam Nawaz spoke against the retired generals who had held this messy press conference. The GHQ acted against five retired officers even before the ex-servicemen’s presser.

Comments

    Hisamullah Beg commented 6 months ago

    Regrettable action

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    Ammar Touqir commented 6 months ago

    All Politics

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    Khadim Hussain commented 6 months ago

    Very good decision byPakistan Army. Anyone if involved in such activities must be punished.

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    Mrs Asif commented 6 months ago

    Army should hang all Pakistanis.only army should exist

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    Pervez Ahsani commented 6 months ago

    Well done, Pak army. Do the same with u-tubers and social media activists who spread fake and anti-Pakistan news. Hang them all ...

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    Well done GHQ. Keep going to deal strictly with such dirty fish to malign Pak Army. commented 6 months ago

    Well done GHQ. Keep going to deal strictly with such dirty fish to malign Pak Army.

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      tahseen amjad commented 6 months ago

      No Pakistani is anti-army but the army should feel the pulse of the nation ..anger is growing against them.. our x servicemen r as honourable as the servings the way they were treated was shameful

      Abdul Sultan Khemani commented 6 months ago

      Why you didn't punish those elements who publicly defamed the Army & it's leadership, why punish your own people, doesn't they serve the Pakistan?

      If they are doing something wrong then must be held responsible..so nothing wrong in it. commented 6 months ago

      If they are doing something wrong then must be held responsible..so nothing wrong with it.

    We know whats true. commented 6 months ago

    Shame.

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    Stand with PAKISTAN commented 6 months ago

    Shameful and biased decision based on personal arrogance..... It's not a decision but a punishment for speaking the truth and standing against traitors... The army is responsible for the defence of the country not only from enemies but traitors also...

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    Major Talaat Khurshid (Retd) commented 6 months ago

    Instead of targeting the retired officers, who are citizens first

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    Osama commented 6 months ago

    Zabardast PAKISTAN ARMY, LET THE DISCIPLINE OF THIS FAITHFUL INSTITUTION OR PROFESSION OUTWEIGH THE IRRESPONSIBLE ACT.

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      Shahid commented 6 months ago

      Neutrality exposed

    Nasir Javaid Chaudhry commented 6 months ago

    A commendable action, the scope needs to be enlarged to get hold of all the so-called “Veterans”, who tried to hold a press conference at Islamabad Press Club. There are still many who are trying to pollute the environment and tarnish the image of the Armed Forces.

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    Muhammad commented 6 months ago

    Good Job Boss! Now it's really easy to understand who is Loyal to country and the people!

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    Maj. Abu Huraira commented 6 months ago

    We didn't expect this for our seniors; Soon I'll retire myself. جس رزق سے آتی ہو پرواز میں کوتاہی اے طائر لاہوتی اس رزق سے موت اچھی

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    Shahid Butt commented 6 months ago

    In every walk of life there is a certain limit to express yourself if some one goes beyond the limits it creats bad impression and impact n consequently it hampers the social norms of the society which should have been avoided.

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    Shahid Butt commented 6 months ago

    It has become fashion to bash every institution that should have been avoided as it ruines the sanctity of institutions.

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    Shocked to know that army could go to this extent commented 6 months ago

    So shocked to know that army could go to this extent against ex-servicemen

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    Abdul Sultan Khemani commented 6 months ago

    It's very shame on whoever has taken this initiative, this mean you can not reply to their concerns, instead you punish them for asking questions. Is this Organisation's decision?

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    Zulfiqar commented 6 months ago

    Very good decision. This is also message for another so-called superseded officer. Who is enjoying all the benefits of Pak Army and barking at Army Official? Nizai aim to destroy everything in Pakistan. اللہ اس ناسور سے پاکستان کو اپنے آمان میں رکھے

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    Ali commented 6 months ago

    Sudanese Army, the Egyptian army and now Pak Army

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