Asghar Khan case: PM Ashraf vows to crack down on 'culprits'
20 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday assured the nation that the government would act according to the law and hold transparent and independent investigation to reveal the truth in distribution of public money among politicians in 1990 elections to defeat the PPP.
Addressing a press conference at the Prime Minister's House, he assured the nation "the government will investigate the whole affair in accordance with the true spirit of the decision of the Supreme Court and take action without any partisan and every thing will be impartial." He said the government would recover this money and suggested that all those politicians who got the money should tender an apology to the nation for their act.
"As chief executive of the country, I assure the nation that there will be fair trial and transparent investigation in accordance with the direction of the Supreme Court," Raja assured. He said the directions of the apex court regarding an inquiry were for the FIA and the government would work accordingly. The prime minister said all those involved in distribution and receiving of the money should be punished, as it was dishonesty with the whole nation.
He said those who were involved in the distribution of money in 1990 election to defeat the PPP had stolen the mandate of the people. "Our Quaid, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, always said people were deceived and their mandate was stolen, which has been proved true today with the decision of the Supreme Court," he said. The prime minister said that the PPP was always of the view that the history revealed the truth. He said the whole nation participated in the 1990 elections, but one strange thing was noticed that those who were sure of victory lost the elections, and this had remained a secret for the last 22 years. But now it has been resolved following the decision of the Supreme Court, he added.
Raja said the people voted for the PPP in 1990 but the establishment sabotaged the mandate of the people. He said the history today has vindicated the PPP and all those who distributed the money and who got it should be exposed to the nation. Replying to a question, the prime minister said the FIA would take action according to rules and regulations and disclose the findings in a transparent manner.
The prime minister said that according to an affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court no cell was presently working at the Presidency. He also said the government was committed to holding free, fair and impartial elections and did not want to snatch the democratic right of the people, as it has been a victim of this crime itself