ISLAMABAD: Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement on Wednesday,saying, the two of three accused retired Generals over NLC scandal , Maj Gen (r) Khalid Zahir Akhter and Lt Gen (r) Muhammaz Afzal Muzaffar found gulity, whereas Lt Gen (r) Khalid Munir Khan has been freed from all charges.
According to ISPR, punishment will be carried out under the Pakistan Army Act, ” Maj Gen (retired) Khalid Zahir Akhter has been “Dismissed from Service”, which implies; forfeiture of rank, decorations, medals, honours, awards, seizure of pension, recovery of personal gains, cancellation of service benefits and all other allied facilities including medical etc. Lt Gem (retired) Muhammad Afzal Muzaffar has been awarded “Severe Displeasure (Recordable)” which in essence is a disciplinary award due to an offence of lesser degree i.e violation of procedures but no personal gains. Whereas, Lt Gen (retired) Khalid Munir Khan has not been involved in any financial irregularity or serious misconduct and therefore stands absolved from all chargers”, statement said.
Press release mentioned the background of NLC scandal:
“In Feb 2009 Public Accounts Committee observed violations in implementation of Board of Directors’ Instructions and rules and regulations with regards to investment made by National Logistic Cell (NLC) that allegedly caused financial losses to the organization. Consequently, Secretary Planning & Development Division constituted an inquiry committee. Though the committee did not accuse any individual for embezzlement or misappropriation; however, it highlighted financial irregularities, lack of transparency and failure to observe rules and regulations caused by reckless decisions of chain of command of NLC. Upon conclusion of the process, the Committee referred case of NLC to the Ministry of Defence for necessary disposal. By November 2010, Army commenced a Court of Inquiry that was followed by recording of Summary of Evidence in September 2011. However, decision remained pended as some additional documentary evidences were provided by the retired General Officers, which need scrutiny an time to establish their veracity”.
Instruction given by COAS General Sharif as per statement:
“General Raheel Sharif, COAS instructed to dispose of the case on fast track for want of justice and transparency. Hence, the case was re-investigated by a committee of high ranking officers. After months of exhaustive sessions, evaluation of record of investments, and interviews of all the witnesses, the inquiry has now been concluded and has established that two retired General Officers and one civilian officer Mr. Saeed ur Rehman were indeed responsible for making incorrect decisions of investments in violation to NLC rules and regulations thereby causing losses to the organization during this period”.