Delay in Asghar Khan implementation case will not be tolerated: CJP Saqib Nisar

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar remarked on Tuesday that no delay will be tolerated in the implementation of the order in Asghar Khan case.

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A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by  CJP Saqib Nisar was hearing the implementation case of the 2012 order in Asghar Khan case which had implicated former director general (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Asad Durrani and chief of army staff (COAS) retired Gen Aslam Beg as well as a number of politicians in relation to rigging in 1990 elections.

The court today ordered all institutions including the Ministry of Defence to ensure cooperation with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which had been tasked with ensuring implementation of the court verdict.

The court also asked the FIA Director General (DG) Bashir Memon to continue at his post until investigations in the case are completed.

The chief justice asked whether former prime minister Nawaz Sharif — accused of receiving Rs3.5 million — had recorded his statement at which the court was informed that the FIA has received his statement.

“No agency’s force will work in this court,” Justice Nisar asserted.

Last Saturday,  former prime minister Nawaz Sharif submitted his reply before the Supreme Court in Asghar Khan Case.

The reply submitted by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz(PMLN) supreme leader Nawaz consists of 4 pages, categorically denying of receiving 3.5 million rupees from deceased Younis Habib.

Younis Habib was the banker allegedly involved in distributing money to politicians on behest of the then ISI head Asad Durrani to run their political campaign against Pakistan People’s Party headed by late Benazir Bhutto, in 1990 General Elections.

The reply also stated that Nawaz had himself recorded statement before the formed committee of Federal Investigation Agency(FIA) in 2015, claiming that three times ex-premier never took money from Asad Durrani.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had directed 31 respondents including Nawaz Sharif to submit written replies by June 9 in the Asghar Khan case. Nawaz, who failed to appear before the bench hearing the case, was allowed to be represented by a lawyer.

Late Air Chief Marshal Asghar Khan had filed a petition in the supreme court some 16 years ago seeking action against former army chief retired Gen Aslam Beg, former ISI chief retired Lt-Gen Asad Durrani and then president later Ghulam Ishaq Khan for distributing Rs140 million among several politicians to ensure the defeat of Benazir Bhutto in the 1990 general election.

The Supreme Court in its October 2012 verdict directed the federal government to initiate legal proceedings against the former generals and others involved in the dolling out money among the politicians.

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