Asghar Khan case: FIA quizzes former army chief, spymaster

ISLAMABAD

Former army chief General (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg and former Inter-Services Intelligence DG Lieutenant General (retd) Asad Durrani appeared on Wednesday before a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) committee constituted to investigate the Asghar Khan case.

According to sources, former COAS first appeared before the investigators and brought relevant documents with him.

The investigators questioned general retired Beg regarding the creation of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) and distribution of money among several politicians to stop the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) from winning the 1990 elections.

Gen Beg recorded a detailed statement before the FIA, in which he confirmed that huge money was dished out to several politicians back in the 90s, according to sources.

Later, after his questioning concluded, Lt-Gen (retd) Durrani reached the FIA Headquarters.

The FIA on Tuesday constituted a committee to conduct an investigation in the Asghar Khan case. The committee is being headed by Ahsan Sadiq, a grade 21 officer at the FIA.

FIA constitutes committee to probe Asghar Khan case

Moreover, Dr Usman Anwar, Dr Rizwan and FIA Director Law Ali Sher Jakhrani are also a part of the committee.

CJP directs cabinet to decide case follow-up in a week

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on May 9 gave the federal government a week’s time to summon a cabinet meeting to determine what action to take in light of the 2012 Asghar Khan case verdict.

The attorney general (AG) and head of the FIA appeared before the Supreme Court over the implementation, or lack thereof, of the apex court’s verdict in the case filed by the late former air chief, Asghar Khan.

During the hearing, Chief Justice Nisar remarked that the court had given its order in the case and rejected the review petitions of Gen Beg and Lt Gen Asad Durrani, accused of illegally influencing the 1990 elections.

Previously, the FIA had launched a probe into the distribution of Rs140million among politicos in 2013, nearly a year after the apex court verdict.

It recorded statements of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, retired Air Marshal Asghar Khan, Gen Durrani, Mehran Bank owner Younis Habib, and others.

Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan wrote a letter to the then chief justice of Pakistan Nasim Hassan Shah in 1996, in which he alleged that the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan, then army chief General Mirza Aslam Beg, then ISI director general Lt Gen Asad Durrani as well as then owner of now defunct Mehran Bank Younis Habib had distributed Rs 140 million among several politicians to manipulate the 1990 polls to defeat Benazir Bhutto.

After the passage of more than a decade following the matter having brought to the apex court, it gave a 141-page landmark verdict on October 19, 2012 declaring that 1990 elections were rigged.

It ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate the matter and if evidence was found against anyone, action should be taken against them.

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