Asghar Khan Case :SC sets one month deadline for action against army officers involved

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Tauseef Abbasi

ISLAMABAD

Supreme Court (SC) has ordered to complete inquiry within 4 weeks in respect of army officers found involved in Asghar Khan Case.

A 3-member bench of SC presided over by Justice Gulzar Ahmad took up for hearing Asghar Khan Implementation case Monday.

The late air chief marshal Asghar Khan 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.

The court ordered that inquiry against the army officers involved in Asghar Khan Case be completed within 4 weeks and report thereof be submitted before it.

The court maintained FIA report will be reviewed along with the reply of ministry of defence and we will review if the court’s orders have been implemented or otherwise.

During the course of hearing of the case Justice                Gulzar inquired why the ministry of defence has not initiated the proceedings of court martial against the army officers.

Attorney General (AG) told the court that the matter will proceed further after completion of inquiry. Court martial can be carried out at any time if some fraud is committed or loss is inflicted on national kitty.

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan remarked a sum of Rs 1840 million were used 28 years before in Asghar Khan Case.

Justice Gulzar Ahmad inquired was the money given to MQM and its founder too. Neither their name has come in the case nor in FIA report.

AG said name of founder of MQM was in the FIA report.  Negotiations are underway with UK government in this regard.

He told the court that talks are continuing for handing over founder of MQM and some other suspects by UK to Pakistan.  Important headway is expected very soon in this respect.