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Pakistan Army: Corruption Runs Wild Among Pakistan Army Generals: Report

The recent data leak from Credit Suisse, a Swiss-registered investment bank, which implicated the former head of the ISI, General Akhtar Abdur Rahman Khan, has once again brought to light how greed and corruption are unleashed in the Pakistani military, especially among its generals, according to a report on Friday.

General Rahman allegedly helped funnel billions of dollars in cash and other aid from the United States and other countries to the mujahideen in Afghanistan to support their fight against the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

These leaked documents only touch the tip of the iceberg when it comes to skimming top Pakistani military generals in the name of holy war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, The Times of Israel said.

The report claims that the motto of Pakistani army officers appears to be “Greed is good”. There are countless scandals and sordid stories of financial waste, corruption, extortion, influence peddling by serving and retired generals for personal gain. There are also reports of their involvement in smuggling rackets and drug trafficking.

In fact, in the 1990s, then-army chief Aslam Beg and ISI chief Asad Durr offered to set up their own narcotics business to fund the “jihad” against the Islamic Republic. India and Afghanistan, as well as other parts of the world, according to the report, citing a Washington Post article.

It is suspected that many Pakistani generals and bureaucrats had secret bank accounts in Switzerland, with some of these accounts later closed because the money was either moved elsewhere or invested in business or property, according to the report. , citing the example of General Rahman’s sons who are one of Pakistan’s wealthiest families with extensive business interests.

The report lists several examples of scandals and corruption deals in which Pakistani generals have been involved in recent years, including running extortion rings and protecting and participating in smuggling rings in Balochistan, the renting of government properties at extremely low prices and even bribes. in defense contracts.

Corruption is reaching the highest levels of the military with the brothers of former army chief General Ashfaq Kiyani embroiled in a multi-billion rupee real estate scandal in Islamabad.

A Quetta corps commander, Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, gained notoriety as “General Papa Jones” or “General Pizza” after exposing how his family had invested tens of millions of dollars in the Papa chain. Jones Pizza in the United States and his sons were given lucrative contracts when this general was head of the ISPR. Despite the fury, no action, not even an investigation, was ordered.

The report also pointed out that it is not as if Pakistani army generals are underpaid and therefore incentivized to be corrupt. A three-star Pakistani army general retires as a Pakistani rupee billionaire as the Pakistani state grants concessions, both commercial and residential, as well as huge farmland grants. Officers of other ranks also receive state gifts.

A former army chief, Raheel Sharif, was allocated over 100 acres of prime agricultural land on the outskirts of Lahore after his retirement. This was in addition to all his other rights while another former leader and general dictator, Pervez Musharraf, built nearly 30 properties including luxury farmhouses, luxury apartments in the Middle East and London, and homes in Karachi and other Pakistani cities, the report said.

The sordidness that exists in the Pakistani army is no secret. And yet, the army has portrayed itself as a knight in shining armor who is always ready to sacrifice everything for the good of the country, the report says, adding that the corruption is hardly surprising because the state of Pakistan is not has no army, the Pakistani army has a state.