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90s election: Asghar Khan records statement before FIA probe team

21 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Air Marshal (Retd) Asghar Khan recorded his statement before a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) probe team in relation to the alleged distribution of money by the army among politicians in a move to influence election results of 1990.

Sources said the FIA team met Asghar Khan, the petitioner who had moved the apex court, and got information related to the case and also sought documents from him.

Khan said: "the case is of great importance and there is need to investigate it impartially." The retired air marshal said army discipline was breached when funds were secretly doled out to politicians.

On October 19, 2012, the Supreme Court had issued a 141-page verdict, ordering legal proceedings against former Army Chief Gen Baig and former head of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani in a case filed 16 years ago by Asghar.

In the case, Asghar accused politicians of receiving donations from the ISI and Military Intelligence (MI) for their election campaigns during the general election of 1990.

The Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), comprised 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 conservative front had been formed to oppose the Pakistan Peoples Party. Statements of Aslam Baig, Assad Durrani and former ISI brigadier Hamid Saeed would also be recorded, sources said.

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