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SC decides against FIA’s recommendation to close Asghar Khan case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday decided against the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) recommendation to close the Asghar Khan case.

A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan heard the suo motu case over non-implementation of the apex court verdict in the famous Asghar Khan case.

The late air chief marshal had petitioned the apex court in 1996 alleging that two senior army officers and then-president Ghulam Ishaq Khan had doled out Rs140 million among several politicians to rig the 1990 polls against Benazir Bhutto.

Rejecting the FIA’s recommendation to close the case because of “not enough evidence to continue investigating”, the chief justice remarked that the court would not let Asghar Khan’s efforts go to waste.

The Chief Justice said that the FIA was backing out when the time for its implementation came.  The court said that it would seek a reply from the FIA, the cabinet.

The CJP said that if FIA did not have the powers to investigate the case, then the task can be entrusted to another institution.

The legal heirs of late Asghar Khan on Thursday had rejected the FIA’s recommendation and requested the Supreme Court not to close the case. In a joint response filed by his family, including his wife and son Ali Asghar Khan, the heirs had pleaded the apex court that the case is taken to its logical conclusion.

On October 19, 2012, the Supreme Court issued a 141-page verdict, ordering legal proceedings against Gen (retd) Aslam Beg and Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani in a case filed 16 years ago by former air chief Air Marshal Asghar Khan.

Khan, who passed away in January this year, was represented in the Supreme Court by renowned lawyer Salman Akram Raja.

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