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Asghar Khan case: Top court gives FIA four weeks to complete inquiry

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to complete the inquiry in Asghar Khan case within four weeks and submit a report.

According to reports, Justice Gulzar Ahmad headed a three-member bench of top court the other members of the bench are Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan.

During the hearing the bench stated that the FIA report will be reviewed when the defence secretary submits his reply.

Supreme court ordered to complete the inquiry involving retired military officials.”We will check if our orders are followed or not.”

Justice Ahmad questioned why court martial inquiries have not been initiated against military officers. In response, the attorney general said, “Evidences have been found during the inquiry and court marital is the only way forward.”

Upon hearing this, Justice Ahmad remarked that, “Altaf Hussain and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) also received money but his name did not come forward in the case or the FIA report.”

“Hussain is not in the country,” responded the attorney general. “FIA report included his name;” adding that a military officer can also be court-martialed after retirement for committing fraud or corruption.

He further relayed to the court that the government is in talks with the British government regarding the former MQM chief. “We are in talks with them regarding Hussain and few others accused persons.”

Towards the end of the hearing, Justice Ahmad concluded that the FIA merely wants to get rid of the case.

Hearing was adjourned for four weeks.