Pak SC reserves judgment on Asghar Khan 'ISI political cell' case

Islamabad, Oct. 19 (ANI): The Pakistan Supreme Court has reserved its judgment on a petition filed by former Air Marshal Asghar Khan pertaining to Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) distributing money among politicians.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has been hearing the 1996 petition filed by 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 petition was based on an affidavit of the ISI's former director general Lt-Gen (retd) Asad Durrani.

During the hearing, Attorney General Irfan Qadir said accused the judges of allowing the military to step in, in violation of the Constitution, reports The Dawn.

He further blamed the judiciary for the delay in resolving the Asghar Khan case, adding that it had been pending for the past 15 years.

Qadir further alleged that the present judiciary wanted to "destabilise the government". (ANI)