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PML-N rejects 1990 election rigging probe by FIA, demands neutral commission

Islamabad, Mon, 22 Oct 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Oct. 22 (ANI): The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has raised serious reservations regarding the credibility of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which was directed by the Pakistan Supreme Court to initiate a probe over the distribution of cash handouts amongst politicians to influence the 1990 election results, and has demanded that an independent commission be set up to investigate the case.

"We are ready to be held accountable, but [we] do not trust the FIA. Therefore, investigations should be conducted by an independent commission," The Express Tribune quoted Opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, as saying.

"We accept the (Supreme Court) ruling in letter and spirit and are ready to cooperate. But we have reservations regarding the FIA and will approach the Supreme Court if need be," he added.

Nisar also referred to different cases pertaining to the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority, National Insurance Company Limited and National Reconciliation Ordinance, wherein the apex court expressed reservations regarding the FIA's role.

"How can we expect a transparent investigation from the agency in this particular case?" he said.

He added that it was PML-N's legal right to demand an independent commission.

Several political parties, and even the prime minister, have started censuring the PML-N rather than waiting for the allegations to be proved, he said.

"The government has started a campaign against the PML-N to divert the attention of the masses from its poor performance during the last four and a half years and to cover up its corruption. We are ready for an open trial so that people can learn about the real culprits," Nisar said.

He also pointed out that former ISI chief Asad Durrani had submitted "incomplete details" about the money distributed and that no one could be declared guilty without a thorough investigation. (ANI)

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