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ISLAMABAD: A retired Major of the Pakistan Army has accused the khaki leadership of following in the footsteps of General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, who had literally launched a campaign against beards in the armed forces.
Military circles said the forced retirement of Major Zaheeruddin was an isolated action which was taken on disciplinary grounds and was not at all part of any drive against those sporting beards.
While seeking justice from the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench, led by Justice Chaudhary Muhammad Younis, Major Zaheeruddin challenged his forcible retirement.
He said the action taken by his seniors was all because of his refusal to trim his beard which was strictly in accordance with army rules and regulations.
Justice Chaudhary admitted his petition and issued a notice to the Ministry of Defence for reply.
However, a senior officer in Rawalpindi refuted that the army leadership has ordered any drive against those sporting beards in the armed forces.Iinternews