ISLAMABAD: Rejecting an investigation by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Asghar Khan case, a top Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader on Sunday called for setting up a transparent and independent judicial commission to probe into allegations regarding taking money by politicians in the 1990 election.
Addressing a press conference at the Punjab House here, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that he could not trust the FIA because it was working under the Interior Minister.
Nisar said that the PML-N accepted Supreme Court’s verdict in the case and would fully cooperate in this regard, but called for an independent commission to conduct the probe, adding that FIA’s past conduct raised many questions regarding its impartiality.
The veteran PML-N leader appeared to be confused about the court verdict, as he initially called it an “injustice” on the part of the apex court to hand over the investigation to the FIA.
Later, he backtracked and clarified by saying that he did not meant it and if he had actually said those words, it was a “slip of tongue”. Expressing reservations over FIA was the party’s constitutional right, he said.
He said that the PML-N would not present itself before the FIA and would not be part of any investigation that would be carried out by this agency.
He announced that PML-N was ready for “any accountability”, but it should be an open trial to bring out the truth before the nation, saying that IJI comprised of eight parties, but politicians were criticising only the PML-N.
He also urged the Supreme Court not to allow political parties to use its verdict for achieving their political agenda. He demanded that accountability should be held not only in this particular case, but in all such cases where public money was squandered by the secret agencies.
Nisar pointed out that General Musharrf had admitted in his book that he created the Q-League and funds were used by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) by his government against the PML-N government in Punjab.
He said that the political cell was established in the ISI during the era of former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, adding that it was fully activated after 1985. He said that ISI’s political cell accelerated its activities when Asad Durrani was the ISI chief and peaked during the tenure of Lt-Gen (retd) Ahmed Shuja Pasha.
Nisar also lashed out at Prime Minister Raja Pervez Asharf and advised him to first look into his track record before speaking on this issue and also asked him to go through the apex court order regarding his involvement in rental power projects.
The leader of the opposition, however, described the apex court judgment in Asghar Khan case a historical move that would clean up the mess created by agencies in the country’s politics.