Mehran Bank Scandal and Asghar Khan Petition SummaryBy Dr. Zubair Rehman • Jan 26th, 2012 • Category: Politics • 3 Comments
Islamic Republic of Pakistan is full of dramas; never ending chain of events get unfold without any halt. The frequency of events is so mind boggling that people sometimes lost track of what’s happening where and in this mumbo jumbo, media thrives.
As the memogate is loosing steam, mehrangate is ready to rock the Pakistan. The activist judiciary never loses the chance to remain in the limelight of the media, sadly enough. Millions of cases of poor men are languishing in the higher and lower courts, and Apex Court is digging out ancient cases with surely no result whatsoever. What possibly can come out of this Asghar Khan petition?
The loser politician Air Marshall Asghar Khan formed a party Tehrik-e-Istaqlal and still trying to find the people to fill in. Then he lodged a petition.
According to media reports:
In 1997, Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan filed a Supreme Court petition challenging the legality of a “donation” by Mehran Bank of some approximately $6.5 million to the then-COAS, General Mirza Aslam Beg, in 1990. Funds were reportedly deposited in Mehran Bank propping up what was an insolvent bank as a favour to its owners in exchange for their help in loaning money to the ISI to be used in the creation of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), set up in 1988 by the then DG ISI, Lieutenant-General Hamid Gul, reportedly to prevent Benazir Bhutto’s PPP from sweeping the polls. Beg admitted in his written reply submitted to the Supreme Court and subsequently reported by the media, that “it was a practice with the ISI to support candidates during the elections under the direction of the chief executive.” Commenting on what would have happened if Benazir Bhutto had won the 1988 elections with a greater majority, Beg didn’t hesitate to say: “I set up a fake competition by creating the IJI to ensure that a democratic government would be formed.” The 1990 election was subsequently won by the IJI led by Nawaz Sharif, who had allegedly received Rs3.5 million from the ISI fund. The PML-N, however, denies accepting this money.
So people, for you loadshedding, jobs, ill-governance, corruption, security, economy, infrastructure, education, and health are not issues. You keep watching the media and judicial theatrics.