Pak Army major dismissed from service for theft

Islamabad: A major of the Pakistan Army arrested for involvement in the theft of a consignment of copper wire from a freight train was on Wednesday dismissed from service.

The officer, identified only as Major Ayub, was dismissed from service after he was "found guilty of theft of copper wire in a railway bogie", a military statement said.

"The dismissed officer has also been ordered to deposit his share of the embezzled amount in the government treasury," the statement said.

The Army had on Monday confirmed that the major had been arrested for involvement in the crime committed in Punjab province.

TV news channels had reported that the arrested officer was serving with an intelligence agency though there was no official word on this.

Pakistan Railways officials said a train with a large consignment of copper wire, which was going from Khanewal to Lahore, was diverted to Kharian, where the cargo worth millions of rupees was stolen.

Besides the major, five other persons, including a railways official, were arrested in connection with the theft.

Police recovered Rs 18 lakh that the arrested men had made by selling the stolen copper wire.