Pak defence ministry fails to produce ISI's political cell notification in SC
Islamabad, July 16 (ANI): The Pakistan defence ministry has failed to produce the notification about the setting up of the ISI's political cell in the Supreme Court, which resumed hearing of the case involving alleged disbursement of millions among anti-Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) politicians by the political cell of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) before the 1990 general election, on Monday.
A bench of the apex court was hearing the 1996 petition of Tehriq-i-Istiqlal's chief Asghar Khan regarding allegations of the ISI's financing of politicians to prevent the victory of the PPP, reports The Dawn.
Attorney General Irfan Qadir said the notification, which was issued 39 years ago, had not yet been found.
During the previous hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar had vowed to take the case to its "logical conclusion" and had asked Commander Shahbaz to furnish a copy of the missing notification.
But Commander Shahbaz, representing the ministry, also said it did not have a copy of the notification.
Moreover, Asad Durrani, the-then director-general of the ISI, said that a friend of his had shown him the notification's copy. Also during the previous hearing, on June 22, Durrani had told the court that of Rs 140 million more than Rs 60 million was disbursed by the ISI among various politicians and the rest of the amount was deposited in a special account.
Durrani had also said the first order for disbursement was given by the then-army chief, Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg, and the subsequent ones came from the election team of then-president Ghulam Ishaq Khan that included Ijlal Haider Zaidi and Roedad Khan. (ANI)
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