ISLAMABAD: Former federal minister Abida Hussain on Monday has refuted the allegation of receiving money from former ISI chief Lieutenant General (retd) Assad Durrani.
The former minister had submitted her reply in the Supreme Court in this regard. She has termed Durrani’s statement false and said that the accusation against her of receiving money in 1990 elections is untrue.
Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq also submitted their reply before the apex court in the case.
Both of them categorically dismissed accusations of receiving money from either Durrani or Younas Habib.
Sharif—in his reply—stated that he had not amassed sum worth Rs35 lakhs from Gen (retd) Durrani or any of his representative and termed accusations of receiving Rs6 mln from Younas Habib as reckless.
Three-time premier apprised country’s top court that he had recorded his statement in this regard before Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on October 14, 2015.
On the other hand, Haq—in his statement submitted before apex court maintained that JI had not received money from anyone including Inter-Services Intelligence. He went on to say that JI had become part of investigation back then in 2007 voluntarily. “I had submitted affidavit that allegations hurled at JI were fake. I am ready to appear before any competent authority under capacity of JI chief”, stated Haq.
Asghar Khan case
A case was filed by the late former chief of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) retired Air Marshal Asghar Khan alleging that country’s intelligence agency had provided Rs140 million to the politicians in the 1990s to form the Islami Jamhoori Itehad (IJT) in order to prevent PPP from winning the polls of the 1990 general elections.
The case has been shrouded in complexities as many former army officers including former ISI Chief General (Retd) Aslam Baig and PM Nawaz Sharif were involved.
Hearing of the case was started in 1996 by the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan. A detalied judgement was reached in November 2012 by a three-member bench of SC comprising then Cheif Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary, Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.
The decision stated that action should be taken against those involved. The detailed order also stated that the late president Ghulam Ishaq Khan, former army chief General (r) Aslam Beg, and ISI ex-DG General (r) Asad Durrani, acted in violation of the Constitution by helping politicians to secure their success against their opponents in the elections of 1990 for which they received funds from Younis Habib.
In light of this decision, a team of FIA had investigated the case under the supervision of then FIA Additional Director General Galib Ali Bandesha, but the inquiry was never completed as the PPP regime during that time lost interest as FIAs development of the case remained slow.
Investigation into the case again picked up in April 2015 with FIA Director General Akbar Khan Hoti forming a joint investigation team (JIT) under the supervision of FIA Additional Director General Khalid Qureshi including FIA Punjab Director Dr Usman Anwer and some other senior directors of FIA as members of the team. The JIT was formed on the orders of former interior minister Nisar calling the team to finalize the case and speed up the process of the case.
Statements of Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan, former ISI DG Lt-Gen (retd) Asad Durrani, former banker Younis Habib and former Zonal Chief of HBL Younus Memon were recorded in the case.