Pakistan’s courts take on the ISI


Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency to close a notorious cell that focused on monitoring internal politics, in a direct challenge to the ISI’s ability to operate as a “state within a state”.

In a judgement that puts pressure on the agency to be more accountable to the prime minister, the country’s highest court declared its political cell “‘void ab initio” (null and void from the start).

The ruling revolved around a petition that alleges the intelligence cell directly manipulated the 1990 general elections, known as the “Asghar Khan” petition. This document alleges the distribution of funds by former chief of army staff Mirza Aslam Beg and ex-ISI chief Asad Durrani to politicians during the 1990 elections in order to prevent the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) from coming to power.


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