Army to go by govt advice on Asghar Khan Case
23 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army is ready to take whatever action the government would recommend against former servicemen involved in the Asghar Khan Case in light of the apex court verdict, our sources learnt on Monday.
According to the well-place sources, the Army top brass is convinced to take what could be described as purging measures after the confessional affidavits submitted by the force's former leaders and the court's verdict thereon.
Therefore the incumbent leadership of the force looks up to the government for any remedial measures, if required in the backdrop of court's order.
The Supreme Court in its short order on the Ashgar Khan case has asked the government to move against culprits of politicians' bribing scam of 1990 general elections, the sources added.
The sources were of the view that the troika was most likely to convene over the issue soon as demands the gravity of the situation. "The government is probably waiting for the detailed judgement to be issued before any final movement in light of the short order," the sources told our sources on condition of anonymity.
Relevant portion of the court's short order on the Asghar Khan Case reads, "Late Ghulam Ishaq Khan, the then President of Pakistan, General (Retd) Aslam Baig and General (Retd) Asad Durrani acted in violation of the Constitution by facilitating a group of politicians and political parties, etc, to ensure their success against the rival candidates in the general election of 1990, for which they secured funds from Mr. Younas Habib.
Their acts have brought a bad name to Pakistan and its armed forces as well as secret agencies in the eyes of the nation, therefore, notwithstanding that they may have retired from service, the federal government shall take necessary steps under the Constitution and law against them."