Asghar Khan’s family demands logical conclusion of case, rejects FIA recommendations

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ISLAMABAD (ENN) The legal heirs of late Asghar Khan on Thursday rejected the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) recommendations and requested the Supreme Court not to close the “Asghar Khan case”.

The late air chief marshal had petitioned SC in 1996 alleging that two senior army officers and then-president Ghulam Ishaq Khan had bribed out Rs140 million among several politicians to rig the 1990 polls against Ms Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.

In a joint response filed by the late air chief marshal’s family, including his wife and son Ali Asghar Khan, the heirs pleaded the apex court that the case should be taken to its logical conclusion.

They said that the court’s decision in the Asghar Khan case should be announced so that it can be put before the people of Pakistan.

On January 3, the Supreme Court had issued a three-page interim order on the case and issued notices to the legal heirs of Asghar Khan.

Moreover on October 19, 2012, the Supreme Court issued a 141-page verdict, ordering legal proceedings against former Army Chief Gen (retd) Aslam Beg and ex-Director General ISI Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani in a case filed 16 years ago by former air chief Air Marshal Asghar Khan.

The Islamic Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), consisting of nine parties including the Pakistan Muslim League, National Peoples Party, Jamaat-e-Islami and others, had won the 1990 elections, with Nawaz Sharif being elected prime minister. The alliance had been formed to oppose the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed-led Pakistan Peoples Party.

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