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Asghar Khan case: CJP warn govt over lack of progress in case

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has showed displeasure over the federal government for lack of progress in the Asghar Khan case.

He remarked this after he resumed hearing the case on Thursday. CJP said that this is a serious matter and case but unfortunately the government is showing no concern over which will not be tolerated.

He questioned why the federal cabinet hasn’t done anything regarding the Asghar Khan case.

CJP Saqib Nisar headed a three-member on Thursday at Supreme Court Lahore Registry. The bench also comprises Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik and Justice Gulzar Ahmed.

Earlier on May 8, the bench gave a week’s time to the federal government to summon a cabinet meeting to determine what action to take in light of the case verdict.

During today’s heading, the Attorney General (AG) requested the court for more time and saying that to please give us some time to summon a meeting of the cabinet.

In reply CJP remarked that the federal cabinet should hold a meeting today and take a decision, You must tell us about cabinet’s decision today only.

Moreover, Director-General Federal Investigation Agency Basheer Memon said that an inquiry into the case is ongoing.

At the last hearing, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the court has given its order in the case and rejected review petitions of former army chief General Mirza Aslam Beg and former Inter-Services Intelligence DG Lieutenant General Asad Durrani, accused of illegally influencing the 1990 elections.

Former air chief Air Marshal Asghar Khan case filed a case in 1996 and later the apex court on October 19, 2012 had issued a 141-page verdict, ordering legal proceedings against Gen (retd) Beg and Lt Gen (retd) Durrani in a case.

The Islamic Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), consisting of nine parties including the Pakistan Muslim League, National Peoples Party and Jamaat-e-Islami, had won the 1990 elections, with Nawaz Sharif being elected prime minister. The alliance had been formed to oppose the Benazir Bhutto-led Pakistan Peoples Party.

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