Asghar Khan case: SC summons FIA chief, attorney general on August 15

Top court forms three-judge bench to hear case proceedings

News Desk August 11, 2018
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday summoned the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general and Attorney General of Pakistan to appear before the top court on August 15 in the Asghar Khan case, Express News reported.

The top court has also formed a bench to hear the case proceedings.

The bench which is headed by the top judge also comprises Justice Umer Atta Bandial and Justice Ijazul Hasan.

On July 11, former federal minister Abida Hussain had denied receiving money from intelligence agencies for participating in former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s 1990 election campaign.

The Supreme Court had notified all respondents in the case to submit their replies. Hussain’s one-page reply said, “The allegation contained in the affidavit of General (retd) Asad Durrani is incorrect and denied. The answering respondent did not receive money as alleged.”

Asghar Khan case: Former minister denies receiving money from intelligence agencies

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 donation to spend on election campaign in general elections of 1990,” said the statement submitted by Sharif’s counsel Munawar Iqbal Duggal.


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