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Pak SC sets one-month deadline to complete inquiry against army officers in Asghar Khan Case

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's top court on Monday set a one-month deadline for the completion of any inquiry against officers who allegedly distributed millions of rupees among politicians and public figures to manipulate the 1990 elections.

A three-member bench headed by Justice heard the implementation of court's decision given in 2012 in the Asghar Khan Case, which was initially launched in mid-1990s.

During the hearing, Justice Ahmed asked why court martial proceedings were not initiated against the officers.

responded that no actionable evidence was found against anyone.

The reprimanded the defence ministry for its failure to take action and ordered it to investigate the officers in four weeks and file a reply.

The order by the court came after the (FIA) submitted its report in the court on February 9 and also sought its help to further probe the matter.

In its report, the FIA highlighted several reasons due to which the investigation could not reach a logical conclusion.

It said that "no gave any statement of handing over money to any private person directly."

The court in its 2012 judgment said that former Gen and former ISI chief were also involved in the case.

Earlier, Durrani in one of his affidavits submitted in the apex court accepted that money was given to a group of to influence elections in 1990.

Muslim League-Nawaz leader was also allegedly among the recipients. As a result, Peoples Party lost and an alliance led by Sharif won. Sharif became

has ruled the country through various coups for nearly half of the country's history since independence in 1947. The military plays an important role in the country's decision making.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 20:50 IST