SC expresses anger over the ex- PMLN govt for failing to initiate action in Asghar Khan Case

LAHORE: The Supreme Court of Pakistan today has expressed anger over the cabinet headed by ex-prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, for failing to initiate actions in the light of Asghar Khan implementation case.

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, while heading a three member bench at Lahore registry inquired about the actions taken by the government in Asghar Khan case.

It is pertinent to mention, on Thursday, former premier Abbasi while chairing cabinet’s meeting decided to leave the case upon the next federal government to decide how to proceed in Asghar Khan Case.

The Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) constitutional termed concluded last mid-night, bringing end to their 5 years term.

On May 8, the chief justice had directed the federal government to summon cabinet’s meeting in a week to decide as to what action should be taken in light of the 2012 judgment passed by the apex court in Asghar Khan case regarding distribution of millions of rupees by two former military generals among politicians to influence 1990 general election.

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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