Pakistan Army Lieutenant General, Brigadier arrested over spying charges: VOA

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Pakistan Army Lieutenant General, Brigadier arrested over spying charges: VOA

ISLAMABAD —

Pakistan's military, in a rare announcement, said Friday that it had initiated court-martial proceedings against two senior officers on charges of espionage.

The army spokesman made the revelation at a news conference at the general headquarters in Rawalpindi.

"There are two [senior army] officers who are under military custody on the charges of espionage," said Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor.

He emphasized the two cases were not linked with each other and said there was "no network as such." Ghafoor gave no details about the officers' identity, ranks or countries for which they allegedly were spying.

"The army chief has ordered a field general court-martial [of the officers], which is currently in the process," Ghafoor said. Details of the court-martial will be shared with reporters once it is concluded, he added.

A one-star general and a three-star general are among detainees, a senior army official told VOA.