SC seeks supplementary report from FIA in Asghar case
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday sought a supplementary report from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the Asghar Khan implementation case.
The bench comprising of Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ejazul Ehsan heard the case.
The court asked the FIA to point out who was operating the bank accounts at t hat time. It also asked the agency to point out which record was not present.
The court also asked the FIA to apprise about evidence and suspicions about who received the money. It also ordered to include the names of the people who refused to get the money.
Director Legal Brigadier Falak Naz also appeared from the Defence Ministry and told court that a report was submitted on March 16.
Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that the court would not allow the FIA to take the case towards the direction of its choice. “We are not going to close the case,” he remarked.
Earlier on March 18, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had de-listed the Asghar Khan case and issued a cancellation notification in this regard.
The parties have been issued the cancellation notification.
SC orders completion of inquiry against army officers in 4 weeks
Earlier on February 11, the Supreme Court has ordered the Defence Ministry to complete the inquiry against the army officers involved in the Asghar Khan case.
Hearing the Asghar Khan implementation case on Monday, a three-member bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that why the army officers were not court martialled. “The MQM founder also got the money, but his name did not surface,” it remarked.
The court remarked that the matter will move forward after the completion of the inquiry. “Court martial can be conducted at any time if a fraud is committed or loss is caused to the national exchequer,” he said.
The attorney general stated that the name of the MQM founder was in the FIA report, but he was not in Pakistan and talks were going on with the British government in this regard.
Asghar Khan Case History
The case was filed in June 1996 by Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan. He alleged that money was distributed by the secret agency to politicians to create the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad and stop the PPP from coming into power in 1990.
The air marshal had said that an alliance of nine parties, including the PML-N, National People’s Party and Jamaat-e-Islami, received money from the agency before the 1990 elections.
The funds were allegedly provided by Younus Habib, the then chief executive officer of Habib Bank Limited (HBL), which was a government-run bank at the time.
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