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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the Jamaat-e-Islami have denied receiving any money from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) or Mehran Bank owner Younus Habib while campaigning for the 1990 general election.
In a four-page written reply submitted in the Supreme Court on Saturday, Sharif said that he had already denied the allegations in a recorded statement to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on September 14, 2015.
JI chief Sirajul Haq also submitted his party’s reply in the apex court, refuting all reports of receiving money from the premium intelligence agency of the country under the banner of Islamic Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI).
Haq said the JI had voluntarily become part of the hearing and submitted the affidavit denying the allegations. As an amir of Jamaat-e-Isalmi, he was ready to face all investigations, commissions and other forums, he added.
During the last hearing on June 6, the FIA told the court that the agency will also contact military authorities via the defence ministry asking for the alleged record regarding ISI’s purported distribution of money among politicians before the 1990 general election.
It also informed the apex court that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials and SC registrar had also been contacted to provide relevant record. The NAB was requested to share details of its inquiry against Younus Habib, Yousuf Memon and Javed Hashmi.
On June 16, 1996, Asghar Khan had written a letter to then CJP Sajjad Ali Shah, naming politicians who had allegedly received money from the ISI before the 1990 general election.
The fund was allegedly provided by Younus Habib, the then chief executive officer of Habib Bank Limited (HBL), which was a government-run bank at that time.
According to the letter, Sharif had allegedly received Rs3.5 million, Mir Afzal Khan Rs10 million, Lt-Gen Rafaqat Rs5.6 million (for distributing money among journalists), Abida Hussain Rs1 million, the Jamaat-e-Islami Rs5 million, and senior journalist Altaf Hussain Qureshi Rs500,000.
Moreover, in Sindh, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi and Jam Sadiq received Rs5 million each, Muhammad Khan Junejo Rs250,000, Pir Pagara Rs2 million, Maulana Salahuddin Rs300,000 and other small groups were given Rs5.4 million.
In Balochistan, Humayun Marri received Rs1.5 million. The letter also contained names of Bizenjo and Kakar tribes.
The apex court had announced its verdict in the case in November 2012, which stated that former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan, former army chief General (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg and former ISI chief Lt-Gen (retd) Asad Durrani acted in violation of the Constitution by facilitating a group of politicians and political parties to ensure their success against rival candidates in the 1990 general election.
Ref: The Express Tribune