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Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf speaks to media representatives. — File Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Lauding the landmark Supreme Court judgment of declaring the 1990 elections as “rigged”, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday vowed to bring the culprits behind the conspiracy to justice, DawnNews reported.

Speaking during a press conference in Islamabad, Ashraf declared the day of the ‘historic’ verdict as a “day of democratic triumph.”

The Supreme Court, earlier today, ordered legal proceedings against a former head of intelligence and former army chief over allegations that politicians were bankrolled to stop the current ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) from winning the 1990 election.

It was a landmark ruling from the apex court 16 years after Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan filed a case, accusing the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of doling out money to a group of politicians in the 1990s.

Prime Minister Ashraf said the people who accepted money to rig the elections must apologize to the nation. “It will be up to the masses whether they want to forgive the culprits or not,” he added.

The establishment had robbed the public mandate 22 years ago, said the premier. “History, by bringing the truth to surface, has dignified the PPP in front of the nation and has put some serious questions to the rivals,” he added.

The PM vowed to get every penny of the nation back from the culprits by obeying the ruling of the apex court.

The prime minister disregarded the impression that a ‘political cell’ was still operating from the Presidency.

He vowed to conduct free and transparent probe into the matter and said the results will be made public.