1990 elections scandal: Habib says then army chief used him

The Muslim Times’ Editor for Pakistan

Credit: Xpress Tribune

Published: March 8, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Despite “weak memories,” a lot of old ghosts resurfaced at the Supreme Court on Thursday – a day that also saw the central protagonist of the ‘Mehrangate affair’ admit the scandal, and apologise to the court.

While the court awaits the complete record of Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan’s petition, the key players of the scandal appeared before the court – and, for perhaps the first time since its reopening, a sense of urgency has engulfed the case of the 1990 election rigging saga.

Khan’s petition, first filed some 16 years ago, alleges that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) rigged the 1990 general elections by distributing millions of rupees among several politicians to damage Benazir Bhutto’s election campaign. The apex court recently reopened the case, which had been pending in the Sindh High Court since before the turn of the century – with a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, now hearing the case.

Categories: Asia, Pakistan

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