Ashgar Khan Case: Bizenjo named those Baluch leaders part of IJI

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Pakistan National Party head Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has named the political leaders from Baluchistan those were part of IJI, in his statement submitted on Tuseday in supreme court regarding Asghar Khan case.

The chief justice, who headed a three-judge bench, directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to wind up a probe into the case without wasting even a minute’s time.

Veteran politicians Javed Hashmi, Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Ghulam Mustafa Khar, Abida Hussain, FIA director general Bashir Memon and others appeared before the bench.

When asked about whether former premier Nawaz Sharif recorded his statement before the FIA, Memon replied in the negative and said his statement has been submitted.

The CJP observed whosoever is called by the FIA will have to appear before it.

Chief Justice Pakistan made it clear that no further delay will be tolerated in the implementation of the October 19, 2012 verdict in the Asghar Khan case.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday directed all concerned departments including defence ministry to cooperate with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Asghar Khan case.

Bizenjo, while denying being part of IJI in the statement, said that the IJI was the Wright Wing oriented alliance and was formed after the death of my father Ghous Bukhash Bizenjo.

IJI was formed by Gen Aslam Baig and Hamid Gul in Sep 1988 but my father died on Aug 1988, Bizenjo clarified.

There were only few parties were against this (IJI) alliance including Pakistan National Party (PNP) and was not in list of component parties of alliance, as we were left orientated and against esteblishment, Bizenjo further stated in statement.

“If i could correctlly remember included Zafarullah Jamali, Nawab Akber Bughti (Humayun Marri), Ex CM Jam Mohammad Yousaf Alliani , Ex CM Naseer Mengal and Ex MPA Abdual Majeed Bizenjo who is the father of ex CM Qudus Bizenjo,” PNP leader told in the statement the supreme court.

Asghar Khan Case History

Filed by former air chief, Asghar Khan, the case in question is one of the most talked about cases in the judicial history of Pakistan. It also gives a glimpse about the civil-military relations and the role played by the military establishment in the political domain.

Air Marshal Asghar Khan, in his petition filed in 1996, claimed that two senior army officers and then-president Ghulam Ishaq Khan doled out Rs 140 million among few individuals to thwart the bid of Pakistan People’s Party, secure victory in the 1990 elections.

Asghar KhanThe petition was filed when Justice Nasim Hassan Shah was the Chief Justice, however, the verdict came after a span of 16 years on October 19, 2012 when the apex court issued a 141-page verdict, ordering legal proceedings against Gen (retd) Beg and Lt Gen (retd) Durrani, however, nothing substantial was done in this regard.

The 2012 apex court judgment, authored by the then-Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, had directed the Federal Investigation Agency to initiate a transparent investigation and subsequent trial if sufficient evidence is found against the former army officers.

Gen (r) Asad DurraniAsghar Khan, who passed away in January this year, was represented in the Supreme Court by renowned lawyer Salman Akram Raja.

Interestingly, the federal government had filed a review petition in 2012 when Asif Ali Zardari was the president, however, it was taken back.

Among the politicians accused of receiving money, the most noticeable is Nawaz Sharif, the former premier of Pakistan, who, according to the affidavit submitted by Asad Durrani got Rs 3.5 million.

 

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