SC decides not to close Asghar Khan case
A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing the case earlier today regarding non-implementation of its October 19, 2012 judgment.
The late air chief marshal had petitioned the apex court in 1996 alleging that two senior army officers and then-president Ghulam Ishaq Khan had doled out Rs140 million among several politicians to rig the 1990 polls against Benazir Bhutto.
Rejecting the FIA’s recommendation to close the case because of "not enough evidence to continue investigating", the chief justice remarked that the court would not let Asghar Khan’s efforts go to waste.
During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar said that if Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has no authority than the case can be given to other departments.
Meanwhile, Salman Akram Raja was appointed as judicial assistance in the case.
Earlier, the legal heirs of late air chief Air Marshal Asghar Khan had pleaded with SC to not shut the case, rather it should reach a logical conclusion and the outcome should be put forth the general public.