Newly constituted three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Monday (Feb 11) during the hearing of Asghar Khan Case, directed the defense ministry to complete inquiry against army officers involved in the case within four-week. The court also ordered defence ministry to ensure that its orders were implemented and due action was initiated against the military personnel.
During the hearing, Justice Gulzar inquired, “Why did the Ministry of Defence not initiate action for the court martial of the Pakistan Army officers involved?” In response, the attorney general said, “The matter will move forward after the inquiry is completed. Court martial can be done anytime if it is a case of fraud or loss to the national exchequer.”
Asghar Khan had petitioned the Supreme Court in 1996 alleging that the two senior army officers and the then-president had tried to ensue Benazir Bhutto’s defeat in the 1990 polls and they Divide Rs140 million among several politicians.
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21 August, 2019