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Pak Army to try former Army, ISI chiefs in 1990 election rigging case

Islamabad, Fri, 26 Oct 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Oct. 26 (ANI): The Pakistan Government is not going to initiate any action against former army chief General Mirza Aslam Beg and former DG ISI Asad Durrani in the Asghar Khan case, but is likely to refer their cases to the Pakistan Army for appropriate action, sources have said.

According to a source, it is expected that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who is presently performing Haj, would not take much time to refer the cases of Beg and Durrani to the GHQ for further action, reports The News.

The Supreme Court, in its short order in the Asghar Khan case, has ruled that the late Ghulam Ishaq Khan, the then president of Pakistan, Beg and Durrani, acted in violation of the Constitution by facilitating a group of politicians and political parties, etc., to ensure their success against rival candidates in the general election of 1990, for which they secured funds from Younis Habib.

The court order added that their acts had brought a bad name to Pakistan and its armed forces as well as secret agencies in the eyes of the nation, therefore, notwithstanding that they may have retired from service, the federal government shall take necessary steps under the Constitution and law against them.

Asghar Khan's lawyer Suleman Akram Raja has demanded the trial of Beg and Durrani under Article 6 of the Constitution, but the government is not keen even to consider this option, the source said.

"The government would be satisfied with whatever action the military takes against its retired generals," the source added. (ANI)

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