SC issue notices to Nawaz Sharif, Javed Hashmi and others in Asghar Khan Case

LAHORE: On Saturday, the Supreme Court  issued notices to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and senior politician Javed Hashmi as well as to 19 other civilians in the Asghar Khan case.

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Resuming hearing of the implementation of the case at the apex court’s Lahore Registry, a two-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar also sent notices to former ISI chief Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani, Director-General National Accountability Bureau and officials from the Federal Investigation Agency.

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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