FIA again recommends closure of Asghar Khan case

Published: June 11, 2019
Air Marshall (retd) Asghar Khan. PHOTO: ZAFAR ASLAM

Air Marshall (retd) Asghar Khan. PHOTO: ZAFAR ASLAM

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday again recommended the closure of the Asghar Khan case.

In its report submitted to the Supreme Court, the FIA stated that despite every effort, the investigation into the case had failed to yield any results.

The FIA informed the court in the report that 12 politicians linked to the case had passed away and banks had not provided the agency with the details of accounts it had sought despite the passage of a long time.

The FIA further stated that it had gone through the footage of 190 talk shows on the topic of the Asghar Khan case broadcast between 2012 and 2013.

It also reviewed Brigadier (retd) Hamid Saeed Akhtar’s statement but found no details of any transactions in it.

Younus Habib, the central figure in the case, passed away in April this year and the appellant, Asghar Khan, had also died.
The court will hear the case on Wednesday (today).

The FIA had also recommended the closure of the case in April this year but the top court had again rejected its plea.

The court had directed civil and military authorities to initiate action against those individuals who were involved in the rigging of the 1990 elections.

The FIA in its report stated that the inquiry committee interviewed journalists namely Habib Akram and Mujeebur Rehman Shami, other key witnesses Brig (retd) Hamid Saeed Akhtar and Advocate Yousaf Memon, besides conducting scrutiny of the cover accounts.

It reached the conclusion that no sufficient evidence could be found to enable this case for further prosecution and trial in the court of law.

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