The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday questioned former army chief Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg and former ISI chief Lt-Gen (retd) Mehmood Durrani in connection with the 1990 election rigging controversy.
A five-member probe committee headed by FIA Additional DIG Ahsan Sadiq is tasked with probing the allegations against the main characters of distributing money among politicians to manipulate results of the 1990 election in order to defeat the Pakistan People’s Party.
The FIA team quizzed Beg and Durrani over their involvement in the distribution of money to politicians and recorded their statements.
The team had sent separate questionnaires to the former army chief and the ISI chief. They spent almost an hour with the team. They were carrying documentary evidence to prove their innocence.
According to sources, committee secretary FIA Director (Punjab) Dr Usman Anwar issued notices to more people in the case.
In the coming days, deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Javed Hashmi and other politicians would also be quizzed.
In 1996, Asghar Khan wrote a letter to the-then chief justice of Pakistan Nasim Hassan Shah alleging that Ghulam Ishaq Khan, General Aslam Beg, DG ISI Lt. Gen Asad Durrani and top banker Younis Habib had doled out Rs140 million among several politicians ahead of the 1990 polls to ensure Benazir Bhutto’s defeat in the polls.
On October 19, 2012, the apex court issued a 141-page verdict under the-then chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry declaring that the 1990 elections were rigged.
The court had ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate the fraudulent elections and initiate legal proceedings against the two Generals.