Published On: Thu, Apr 21st, 2016

Twitterratis welcome dismissal of army officers with #ThankYouRaheelSharif

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Thursday dismissed 11 senior military officers, including a Lieutenant General and a Major General, over their involvement in corruption.

In an unprecedented and unusual action, the army chief terminated services of Lt. Gen. Obaid Ullah Khattak, Maj. Gen. Ijaz Shah, five brigadiers, three colonels and one major.

Military said the top-ranking officers have been sacked after investigation under army’s system of accountability.

The development came two days after the army chief called for across the board accountability to uproot corruption and eliminate terrorism.

Leaders from country’s main opposition parties have appreciated army chief General Raheel Sharif’s decision to sack 11 senior military officers over corruption.

However, a senior leader of ruling PML-N, Muhammad Zubair, also appreciated the action, but quite cautiously.
Earlier today, Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, dismissed 11 senior military officers, including a Lieutenant General and a Major General, over their involvement in corruption.

In an unprecedented and unusual action, the army chief terminated services of Lt. Gen. Obaid Ullah Khattak, Maj. Gen. Ijaz Shah, five brigadiers, three colonels and one major.

The development came two days after the army chief called for across the board accountability to uproot corruption and eliminate terrorism.

“The army is a well-organized institution, we welcome this decision. The process of accountability is must for every organization,” Qamar Zaman Kaira, a senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party said while speaking to Samaa.

He said the PML-N government should also take a similar action in the wake of Panama Papers leaks.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while welcoming the move, said the decision shows General Raheel Sharif’s sincerity and commitment to eliminate from army.

“He initiated action at his own institution proving that there is no holy cow in the country,” Qureshi said.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq also welcomed General Raheel’s decision, demanding a large-scale action against corrupt elements.

“Army chief’s action is a clear message for government… I believe that corruption and Pakistan can’t go along. Corruption is a form of economic terrorism and deserves a similar action like terrorism,” the JI chief said.

He called upon the PML-N government to form a commission under Chief Justice of Pakistan to investigate Panama Papers leaks.

Leader of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rashid Ahmed also appreciated the army chief.

Commenting on the development, Chairman of Privatization Commission Muhammad Zubair, appreciated the army chief, but said the opposition should not only target Prime Minister Nawaz over Panama leaks.

“There are certain corruption issues within the army as well, so this decision is commendable… But it’s regrettable that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the only target of opposition…. I assure you that his hands are clean,” Zubair affirmed, while speaking to media.

Soon after the Army Chief General Raheel Sharif dismissed top 11 army officers over corruption charges, hundreds of social media users took to microblogging website Twitter to heap praise on the COAS for an unprecedented decision.

#ThankYouRaheelSharif began trending on Twitter in Pakistan  shortly the news of dismissals of army officers on corruption charges hogged the limelight.

Military campaigns against the Taliban, criminal gangs in Karachi and other militant groups have enhanced army chief’s public appeal. #ThankYouRaheelSharif has trended for months on social media websites like Twitter when the military offensive against Taliban was going on.

Let’s take a look at reactions on Twitter praising Gen Sharif:

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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