ISLAMABAD: On Monday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan, while hearing the long-running case filed by late air chief marshal Asghar Khan, ordered that the inquiry against Pakistan Army officers involved in the case be completed within four weeks.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case. The late air chief marshal had petitioned the apex court in 1996 alleging that two senior army officers and then-president Ghulam Ishaq Khan had doled out Rs140 million among several politicians to rig the 1990 polls against Benazir Bhutto.
Ordering that the inquiry against the Pakistan Army officers involved in the case be completed within four weeks, the top court directed that a report be presented.
The court declared that the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) report will be reviewed along with the Defence Ministry’s reply. “We will review whether the court order was implemented or not,” the bench remarked.
During the hearing, Justice Gulzar inquired, “Why did the Ministry of Defence not initiate action for the court martial of the Pakistan Army officers involved?” In response, the attorney general said, “The matter will move forward after the inquiry is completed. Court martial can be done anytime if it is a case of fraud or loss to the national exchequer.”
At this, Justice Ijazul Ahsan said, “28 years ago, Rs18.4 billion was spent in the Asghar Khan case.”