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Nawaz Sharif, Javed Hashmi Summoned in Asghar Khan Case

Lahore (June 02, 2018): The Apex Court has issued notices to former PM, Nawaz Sharif and senior politician Javed Hashmi as well as to 19 other civilians in the Asghar Khan case on Saturday.

Resuming hearing of the implementation of the case at the apex court’s Lahore Registry, a two-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar also sent notices to former ISI chief Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani, Director-General National Accountability Bureau and officials from the Federal Investigation Agency.

Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali submitted a report in the court pertaining to the cabinet’s decision in the case, and informed the bench that the cabinet has decided to implement the Supreme Court’s order.He also told the court that the cabinet has directed the FIA to continue the investigation in the case.

Chief Justice Nisar questioned what strategy has been devised to ensure that those who received the money return it back.

The bench, on the attorney general’s request, ordered the court staff to re-seal the report detailing the cabinet meeting.

The apex court then adjourned the case hearing till June 6.Yesterday, Attorney General of Pakistan was summoned by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the case.

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Deputy attorney general told the court that the cabinet has taken a positive decision. “The attorney general will appear before the court and inform about the decision,” he said.

The Chief Justice expressed resentment over the absence of attorney general and remarked, “The hearing of such a significant case is underway but he is not concerned. Is this the performance of attorney general’s office?”

“The attorney general should appear before the court tomorrow,” directed the chief justice.

On May 31, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar reprimanded federal government over lack of progress in Asghar Khan case.

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Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General appeared before the court and told that inquiry into the matter is underway.

CJP remarked that why hasn’t the federal cabinet done anything regarding the Asghar Khan case verdict, adding that this is a serious case and government is least concerned about it.The lawyer of federal government requested the court to grant him respite in calling the cabinet meeting.

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