[The Nation 23 April, 2019]

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court Monday rejected plea of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to close the Asghar Khan case. Hearing a case of implementation of 2012 verdict in the Asghar Khan case, the top court directed the FIA to submit a fresh report along with the original affidavits and statements recorded by the inquiry committee, in a sealed envelope.

The FIA submitted: “The inquiry committee interviewed journalists Habib Akram and Mujeebur Rehman Shami, and other key witnesses like Brig (r) Hamid Saeed Akhtar and Advocate Yousaf Memon. It conducted scrutiny of cover accounts and reached the conclusion that no sufficient evidence could be found to enable this case for further prosecution and trial in the court of law.”

Declaring the report incomplete, the apex court ordered the agency to submit a fresh report within four weeks. Heading the three-judge bench, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed observed: “This court will, in all circumstances, implement its 2012 judgement on a complaint filed in 1996 on the letter of Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan.”