ISLAMABAD: Despite repeated notices served on former chief of army staff (COAS) General (r) Mirza Aslam Beg by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to appear before the agency’s inquiry committee in the Asghar Khan case, the former general has not shown any compliance, a senior FIA official revealed to Daily Times on Monday.
The former army chief has sought some time for appearing before the inquiry committee, it is learnt. In March, the FIA summoned Aslam Beg in connection with a famous case involving the payment of alleged bribe – amounting in billions of rupees – to ensure Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) defeat in the 1990 general election. In this connection, a third fresh notice has been served on the former COAS to appear before the FIA’s inquiry committee.
The Interior Ministry has ordered the FIA to record the statements of politicians as well as Aslam Beg and Asad Durrani, former ISI DG, and present a report soon, the official said. This correspondent tried approaching Aslam Beg for his version on the issue, but he did not respond or got back to this scribe until the filing of this report. The FIA team, headed by its Director General Muhammad Ghalib Bandesha, launched a probe into Asghar Khan’s claims, every trail of which leads to Gen (r) Aslam Beg. Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, another powerful army chief of his time and a former president, also lands in hot waters as the same panel probes high treason charges against him. Asghar Khan, a former air chief, had accused Beg and Durrani of doling out millions of rupees to several politicians ahead of the 1990 polls. Formed with the apparent ‘blessings’ of the military establishment, the Islamic Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) – an alliance of nine political parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League, National People’s Party and Jamaat-e-Islami – had won the 1990 elections.
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