Published On: Wed, Jun 13th, 2018
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No delay will be tolerated in Asghar Khan case implementation: CJP

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LAHORE: The chief justice on Tuesday said no delay will be tolerated in the implementation of the order in Asghar Khan case.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing the implementation case of the 2012 order in Asghar Khan case which had implicated former director general (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Asad Durrani and chief of army staff (COAS) retired Gen Aslam Beg as well as a number of politicians in relation to rigging in 1990 elections.

The court Tuesday ordered all institutions including the Ministry of Defence to ensure cooperation with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which had been tasked with ensuring implementation of the court verdict.

The court also asked the FIA Director General (DG) Bashir Memon to continue at his post until investigations in the case are completed.

The chief justice asked whether former prime minister Nawaz Sharif — accused of receiving Rs3.5 million — had recorded his statement at which the court was informed that the FIA has received his statement.

“No agency’s force will work in this court,” Justice Nisar asserted. He added that the hindrances to former president Pervez Musharraf’s arrival to Pakistan have been removed. “Now whether Musharraf returns or not depends on his bravery,” he remarked.

Addressing veteran politician Javed Hashmi, who was present in the court alongside Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Abida Hussain, Mustafa Khar and others, the CJP said that he wanted to protect the constitution and not contest elections as implied by Hashmi.

After Khar expressed his reservations, the CJP stated that the purpose of investigations in the case was not to malign or harass anyone.


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