SC urges action against Beg, Durrani

Staff Reporter


The Supreme Court warned that military authorities would be summoned if action was not taken against former army chief Aslam Beg and spymaster Asad Durrani.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan resumed hearing of the Asghar Khan case which pertains to the distribution of Rs140 million ahead of the 1990 general elections.
When the top judge inquired whether the military authorities had taken action on the matter referred by the federal cabinet against Beg and Durrani, a representative of the defence ministry requested the bench for additional time citing that they had sought requisite record of witnesses from the interior ministry.
Accepting the plea, the apex court granted four weeks to the defence ministry to submit a progress report in the matter.
DG Federal Investigation Agency Bashir Memon also sought time to investigate politicians, including former premiers Nawaz Sharif and Zafarullah Jamali among others, alleged to have taken money during 1990 elections.
Memon said Jamali denied receiving money when the agency contacted him. The former prime minister told the FIA that he would record his statement after elections. The agency is yet to obtain records from the defence ministry in this matter, added Memon.
Noting that two months had already passed since the apex court issued directives, Justice Nisar said the matter should not be stretched further.

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