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Pak politicians who received ISI money in '90 poll rigging case 'broke no law': Experts

Islamabad, Sun, 04 Nov 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Nov. 4 (ANI): A number of anti-Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) politicians, who received Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) money provided by Younus Habib prior to the 1990 elections, committed no offence under any law of Pakistan, but their action was morally wrong, according to eminent constitutional experts.

"The political rivals of these beneficiaries can subject them to attack that they are stooges and agents of the army for having pocketed millions from it, but getting donations for election campaigns is no crime," The News quoted the experts, as saying.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, had been hearing the 1996 petition filed by former Air Marshal Asghar Khan, who had accused the ISI of financing politicians in the 1990 elections by dishing out Rs 140 million to create the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) and prevent Benazir Bhutto's PPP from winning the polls.

The apex court had ruled that the 1990 election was rigged and that a political cell maintained by the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan supported the formation of the IJI to stop a victory of the PPP.

The ruling said Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Beg and Durrani violated the Constitution, and ordered the government to take legal action against them.

The court order also said that legal proceedings shall be initiated against the politicians, who allegedly have received donations to spend on election campaigns in the 1990 parliamentary polls, therefore, transparent investigation on the criminal side shall be initiated by the FIA against all of them and if sufficient evidence is collected, they shall be sent up to face the trial, according to law. (ANI)



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