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Asghar Khan case: SC urges action against Beg, Durrani

The Supreme Court warned that military authorities would be summoned if action was not taken against former army chief Aslam Beg and spymaster Asad Durrani.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan resumed hearing the Asghar Khan case which pertains to the distribution of Rs140 million ahead of the 1990 general elections.
When the top judge inquired whether the military authorities had taken action on the matter referred by the federal cabinet against Beg and Durrani, a representative of the defence ministry requested the bench for additional time citing that they had sought requisite record of witnesses from the interior ministry.Asghar Khan case: SC summons FIA chief, attorney general on August 15.
Accepting the plea, the apex court granted four weeks to the defence ministry to submit a progress report in the matter.
DG Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Bashir Memon also sought time to investigate politicians, including former premiers Nawaz Sharif and Zafarullah Jamali among others, alleged to have taken money during 1990 elections.
Memon said Jamali denied receiving money when the agency contacted him.
The former prime minister told the FIA that he would record his statement after elections.
The agency is yet to obtain records from the defence ministry in this matter, added Memon.
Noting that two months had already passed since the apex court issued directives, Justice Nisar said the matter should not be stretched further.
The bench further directed the defence ministry and GHQ to share all relevant records with the FIA and adjourned the hearing.
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Case background
In 2009, after Durrani confirmed that payments had been made to at least one politician, Hussain who was then part of Nawaz’s Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) publicly acknowledged that she had received the political bribe. General (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg who was in charge at the time, said that the move had come to “discredit Nawaz.”
On June 9, submitting a written statement before the SC, Nawaz denied the allegation of receiving millions from the Army to run his party’s election campaign in 1990.
“Nawaz Sharif had never received an amount of Rs 3.5 million from Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani Ex DG ISI and/or under his instructions from his representative as a donation to spend on the election campaign in general elections of 1990,” said the statement submitted by Sharif’s counsel Munawar Iqbal Duggal.