Islamabad (June 05, 2018): The Supreme Court of Pakistan summoned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Asghar Khan case tomorrow, Wednesday.
The apex court registry has issued notices to 31 respondent in the case. Court has also severed the notices to Abida Hussain, Altaf Hassan Qureshi, MQM founder Altaf Hussain, Javed Hashmi, Jam Mashooq, Ajmal Khan, Afaq Ahmed, Khursheed Shah, Ghulam Mustafa Khar and Sirjaul Haq.
The three-member apex court bench will hear the case on June 06, Wednesday.
Asghar Khan case
In 1996, Air Marshal Khan had filed a human rights petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, accusing the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of doling out money to a group of politicians in the 1990s.
The case was initiated by the air marshal after Benazir Bhutto’s interior minister, retired general Naseerullah Babar, had disclosed in the National Assembly in 1994 how the ISI had disbursed funds to purchase the loyalty of politicians and public figures so as to manipulate the 1990 elections, form the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), and bring about the defeat of the PPP.16 years after the petition was filed, the Supreme Court in its judgement — penned by then chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry — ruled that the 1990 general elections had been polluted by dishing out Rs140 million to a particular group of politicians only to deprive the people of being represented by their chosen representatives.
The court had, however, thrown the ball back to the then PPP government by directing it to take necessary action under the Constitution and law against former army chief retired Gen Aslam Beg and former director general of Inter-Services Intelligence retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani for their role in facilitating the group of politicians and political parties to ensure their success against their rivals in the 1990 elections.
In May 2017, PTI had announced its decision to file in the Supreme Court a petition seeking implementation of the orders of the already decided case.