A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday (Jan 110 has rejected the Federal Investigation Agency’s recommendation to close the case filed by Late air chief marshal Asghar Khan and decided that case will not be closed.
Rejecting the FIA’s recommendation the top judge said “FIA is [backing out] when it’s time for implementation. We will summon a reply from FIA, and also from the cabinet”. “If FIA doesn’t have the powers [to investigate the case], then another institution can continue the probe,” justice Nisar observed.
“We will not let Asghar Khan’s efforts go to waste,” Justice Nisar asserted. “The Asghar Khan family was not taken into confidence over the suggestion that the case be closed. If the FIA lacked the authority, it could have gotten the investigation done by another institution,” the chief justice added.
Earlier on Thursday (Jan 10), Late Asghar Khan’s legal heirs submitted their joint reply to a notice in connection with the implementation of the landmark 2012 verdict in the Asghar Khan case, asking that an inquiry in accordance with the Supreme Court’s six-year-old order be continued.
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. In 1996, Khan had written a letter to the then Supreme Court Chief Justice Nasim Hassan Shah about the unlawful disbursement of public money and its misuse for political purposes. The 2012 apex court judgment, authored by the then-Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, had directed the Federal Investigation Agency to initiate a investigation.
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22 March, 2019