ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari’s Military Secretary Brigadier Muhammad Amir submitted a report before the Supreme Court during the hearing of the Asghar Khan case, which stated that there was no record found on the presence of a political cell in the President House, Express News reported Thursday.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing the case.
Former chief of Military Intelligence (MI) Brigadier (retd) Hamid Saeed submitted a written response before the court. Saeed said that he was the heading the Sindh unit of the MI.
Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Assad Durrani had alleged Saeed had disbursed money to politicians.
The former MI chief presented a 21-year-old diary before the judicial bench and said that it has each and every detail of all accounts.
He, however, requested the court to keep the first eight paragraphs of the diary classified.
Saeed prayed to the court to make all the details part of the investigation otherwise “the entire exercise will be futile.”
The chief justice assured him that the court, for the moment, will keep the first eight paragraphs classified.
Attorney General Irfan Qadir, on behalf of the Defence Ministry, presented a report regarding the transfer of Rs80 million to ISI’s account.
Looking at the report, Justice Chaudhry observed that it was not the record the court had sought. Justice Jawad S Khwaja directed the attorney general to present bank statements to the court, so that the truth could be known.
Counsel for former army chief Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg, Akram Shaikh, prayed to the court that the ISI should be taken from the Chief Executive’s control and be given back to the army. Justice Chaudhry told Shaikh that it was not the court’s job to do so and that Beg headed the Army from 1988 to 1991, he should have requested former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan to do so.
Shaikh informed the court that his client was awarded with a ‘Medal of Democracy’ by the Pakistan Peoples Party.
The chief justice observed that anyone could be awarded such medals and that it did not make any difference.
The court adjourned the hearing till October 19.
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