ISLAMABAD – Former military chief Basic (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg and former Inter-Companies Intelligence DG Lieutenant Basic (retd) Asad Durrani appeared earlier than a Federal Investigation Company (FIA) committee on Wednesday concerning the probe into the Asghar Khan case.
In keeping with media experiences, the previous high generals will document their statements at present earlier than the committee headed by Ahsan Sadiq, a Grade 21 official related to the FIA, comprising Dr Usman Anwar, Dr Rizwan and FIA Director Regulation Ali Sher Jakhrani.
The particular committee was constituted after the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar gave the federal authorities every week’s time to summon a cupboard assembly for figuring out actions to take for the implementation of 2012 Asghar Khan case verdict.
Through the listening to on Might 9, the highest decide rejected evaluate petitions of former military chief Basic Mirza Aslam Beg and former Inter-Companies Intelligence DG Lieutenant Basic Asad Durrani and remarked that the courtroom had given its order within the case which needs to be acted upon.
Asghar Khan Case
Filed by former air chief, Asghar Khan, the case in query is likely one of the most talked about circumstances within the judicial historical past of Pakistan. It additionally offers a glimpse in regards to the civil-military relations and the function performed by the army institution within the political area.
Air Marshal Asghar Khan, in his petition filed in 1996, claimed that two senior military officers and then-president Ghulam Ishaq Khan doled out Rs 140 million amongst few people to thwart the bid of Pakistan Folks’s Social gathering, safe victory within the 1990 elections.
The petition was filed when Justice Nasim Hassan Shah was the Chief Justice, nevertheless, the decision got here after a span of 16 years on October 19, 2012 when the apex courtroom issued a 141-page verdict, ordering authorized proceedings towards Gen (retd) Beg and Lt Gen (retd) Durrani, nevertheless, nothing substantial was accomplished on this regard.
The 2012 apex courtroom judgment, authored by the then-Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, had directed the Federal Investigation Company to provoke a clear investigation and subsequent trial if enough proof is discovered towards the previous military officers.
Asghar Khan, who handed away in January this yr, was represented within the Supreme Courtroom by famend lawyer Salman Akram Raja.
Apparently, the federal authorities had filed a evaluate petition in 2012 when Asif Ali Zardari was the president, nevertheless, it was taken again.
Among the many politicians accused of receiving cash, probably the most noticeable is Nawaz Sharif, the previous premier of Pakistan, who, in response to the affidavit submitted by Asad Durrani bought Rs three.5 million.
Asghar Khan Case Verdict
On October 19, 2012, a Supreme Courtroom bench headed by a former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP), Iftikhar Chaudhry, directed the then PPP authorities to take motion towards the previous army officers for doling Rs140 million to politicians to be able to make sure the defeat of slain PPP chief Benazir Bhutto within the elections.
The Federal Investigation Company had additionally been tasked with investigating the matter towards the politicians, together with embattled Sharif, who had allegedly acquired the cash to run election campaigns. It was additionally ordered to get better the distributed quantity from the accused politicians with revenue.
Later, Beg and Durrani had later filed a evaluate petition towards the decision, whereas these petitions have been turned down by the Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. Nevertheless, each army officers refused the findings of the courtroom within the case.
SC Scraps evaluate Petitions
Supreme Courtroom of Pakistan had rejected evaluate petitions filed by former military chief Gen Mirza Aslam Beg and the Inter-Companies Intelligence (ISI) former chief Gen Asad Durrani towards its 2012 verdict in Asghar Khan case, saying each officers would face penalties of their unlawful acts.
The apex courtroom’s ruling additionally has implications for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who had additionally been accused of receiving cash forward of the 1990 common election. The courtroom additionally sought a reply from the federal authorities concerning executing the decision.
Salman Akram Raja, the counsel for former air chief, late Asghar Khan, appeared earlier than a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.
The courtroom additionally remarked that each retired officers would face the results of their unlawful acts. Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, who’s a member of the bench, requested one other member whether or not the case could be despatched for courtroom martial.
Through the listening to, the DG FIA was additionally summoned to tell the courtroom about progress within the probe. The DG stated that 12 accused within the case had died whereas statements of 18 individuals have been recorded. He added that the probe was stopped after evaluate petitions have been filed. The FIA head additional stated that each one accused have been refusing the actual fact on receiving funds for election campaigns.
Later, the bench requested the FIA official to tell the courtroom concerning the implementation of the 2012 verdict as evaluate petitions have been turned down.