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ISLAMABAD: Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan on Friday lauded the Supreme Court’s verdict on his petition and said that the government should initiate criminal proceedings against those involved in the Mehran Bank scandal, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives outside the Supreme Court, Khan said whoever had committed a crime — be it a civilian or a man in uniform — should be punished.

He added that it was for the first time in the country's history, that a ruling had come against retired military officials.

On the occasion, Khan's counsel, Salman Akram Raja, said that it was not possible for the government to not act on the court's verdict.

Responding to a question, Raja said the Constitution's Article 6 could be used to proceed against former army chief Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg and ISI’s former director general Lt-Gen (retd) Asad Durrani.

The counsel moreover said that the court had clarified that no one could hide behind an unconstitutional order.

Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court, in a short order, ruled that Asghar Khan’s petition was admissible for regular hearing and ordered the government to take legal action against Beg, Durrani and Younus Habib, who headed the now defunct Mehran Bank.

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October 19, 2012 1:01 pm
Justice delayed is justice denied. This case was filed when Asghar Khan's party (TI) was an ally of PPP under banner of PDA, if I recall correctly. A white paper was also produced by Khursheed M. Kasoori (then a leading member of TI) about how election of 1990 was rigged. The idea was to expose and unseat the then ruling IJI. What use is this judgment now?
Shahid Latif
October 19, 2012 1:16 pm
A point to ponder. Why in a nation of over 140 million, it took a retired military man to stand up and follow through persistently?
October 19, 2012 12:46 pm
This is truly a land mark judgement this judgement will setup a new path for this nation
Aziz Bhoi
October 19, 2012 4:04 pm
GENERAL- RETIRED ASLAM BEG IS PROVED THIEF Written b y”- Aziz ur Rehman Bhoi Distt-ATTOCK Pakistan. Presently in USA-Houston Wish!!! Ms Benazir Bhutto Sahibah been alive to see this day and read the shortorder judgment of SC headed by CJ. MBBs a great national and International political leader ,would feel over the moon and saluted CJ for his historical decision after 22years May I with due regards remind FORMER army chief Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg during dinner at the residence of our common friend at Islam Abad when ASIF ALI ZARDARI was in sub jail PIMS-ISLAM ABAD. Knowing that AAZ is Brother and Friend of AZIZ BHOI, even then FORMER army chief Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg said to me, I quote that,” They are thieves and will never come in to power.’’ Unquote . The remarks of FORMER army chief Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg, compelled me to reply him to Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg with the same coin and I said,” ,”WHO ELSE IS NOT THIEF” I in fact pointed at him. And I never related this happening to AAZ. GOD thanks ,after 22 years it is proved that Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg himself is A BIG thief. And as per, Asghar Khan’s counsel Responding to a question, MR. Raja said the Constitution’s Article 6 could be used to proceed against former army chief Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg and others, AAZ suffered 11years jail and nothing was proved against AAZ in any court of law. GOD rewarded AAZ and Asif ALI ZARDARI IS PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN.,” SEE THE DECISIONS OF NATURE”. Written b y”- Aziz ur Rehman Bhoi Distt-ATTOCK Pakistan. Presently in USA-Houston
October 19, 2012 3:12 pm
Zindabad Pakistan
October 19, 2012 1:00 pm
Mr Bilal. Please read to whole verdict carefully. The SC has also ordered actions be taken against the politicians received the money.
October 19, 2012 3:18 pm
Well done Supreme court - we need to see all judgements in time and on merit. No matter who is involved. Why to go..... Job well done. Who got the money then, must be barred to take part in next election.
October 19, 2012 5:35 pm
Ignorance is hazardous to your health. I believe you have not the details of the short notice issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
October 19, 2012 12:51 pm
Please read the short order carefully before pointing out fingers, which says "legal action should also be taken against the politicians who received the money"
October 19, 2012 8:55 pm
Judgement is faulty.It does not include those who received Political parties connivance is more dangerous as they claim to be public leaders. Generals are to obey as ordered by the President as per law of that time. The president being no more and always considered to most hones must have some grounds against PPP. But Political parties mainly PML(n)be punished for receing gratifications
October 19, 2012 1:51 pm
this is a landmark decision, it will prove in the longer term to be another important milestone in the development of Pakistani democracy. its been a long hard road, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
October 19, 2012 11:09 am
We have had enough rulings and orders. We need physical implementation- not just ink on paper. But please note that people who produce judgement are different from those charged with implementing them. At the end of the day two hands are required to clap. Sad.
Gazoo Martian
October 19, 2012 1:36 pm
There cannot be implementation of this order. The defendant will most likely file an appeal and the govt would not want to take such initiative to antagonize the sitting generals when only few months is left before election. This govt will use delay tactics to ensure that no proceedings occur during their rules. They will leave it up to the next govt to deal with.
October 19, 2012 2:22 pm
good job pakistani judciary . it is the only judicary which is not corrupt .
Shahid Niaz
October 19, 2012 11:26 am
A courageous decision bound to reign in the corrupt , be it civilian or military men.
October 19, 2012 11:17 am
what about the politicians who received the money? shouldnt there be any criminal proceedings against them?
October 19, 2012 4:49 pm
This is a land mark decision and it has strengthened the democracy and reduced the role of military in the politics of Pakistan. I am confident that better days are ahead for Pakistan. Every citizen of Pakistan should be proud of our Judiciary.
TK from USA
October 19, 2012 4:49 pm
PPP is overjoyed with this SCs decision and consider it just. What would be their reaction on the decision to write the letter to Swiss authorities and its outcome? Remain to be seen. To the critics of CJ who accuse him of “against everything PPP”; would they consider this verdict as an evidence that it is not so?
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