ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Quaid Nawaz Sharif and the Jamat-e-Islami have denied allegations of receiving millions of rupees from the Inter-Services Intelligence during the 1990 general election to defeat the Pakistan People’s Party led by the late Benazir Bhutto.

In their separate replies to the Supreme Court, which is seized with the Asghar Khan case, Sharif and the JI on Saturday stated that the allegations against them were false.

On June 6, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had directed politicians including deposed premier Sharif to submit their written replies in the case.

Advocate Munawar Iqbal Duggal submitted a two-page reply on behalf of Nawaz Sharif stating that his client never received Rs3.5 million from former ISI DG Lt-Gen (r) Asad Durrani as “donation” to spend on the election campaign in the general election of 1990.

“Similarly, no amount in the sum of Rs3.5 million and Rs2.5 million was given to Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif by Younus Habib and/or under his instructions,” the reply stated.

The reply further stated that Sharif had already recorded his statement in 2015 in an FIA inquiry pertaining to the matter carried out on the orders of the apex court.

Advocate Muhammad Ishtiaq Raja on behalf of JI chief Sirajul Haq submitted a two-page reply in the case denying the allegations of receiving Rs5 million.

The reply said the allegation of receiving donations/amounts in general elections, held in the year 1990, are false. No amount, whatsoever, or of any kind, was ever received by the JI from ISI or any other organization, it added.

The JI further contended that when the Asghar Khan case was pending adjudication, the JI voluntarily appeared before the court in 2007 to rebut the allegations of receiving any such amount.

Subsequently, JI Deputy Secretary-General Dr Fareed Ahmed Paracha submitted an affidavit before this court through which the allegations were categorically refuted, it further said.

The JI chief informed the top court that his party was ready to join the investigation through either a commission or any other forum to rebut the allegations.

He also requested the top court to make the JI’s earlier stance, submitted in 2007, an integral part of the reply.

Case history

In 1996, Air Marshal Ashgar Khan had filed a human rights petition in the apex court, accusing the ISI of doling out money to a number of parties and individuals in the 1990s.

He moved the petition after late prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s interior minister General (r) Naseerullah Babar disclosed in the National Assembly in 1994 that ISI had disbursed funds to buy loyalty of politicians and public figures to manipulate the 1990 elections to bring about the defeat of the PPP.

16 years after the filing of that petition, the SC ruled that the 1990 elections had been polluted by dishing out Rs140 million to a particular group of politicians only to deprive the people of being represented by their chosen representatives.

In the verdict, penned by then chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, the court however had thrown the ball back to the then PPP government by directing it to take necessary legal action against former army chief General Aslam Beg and former ISI director Asad Durrani for their role in the whole affair.

As no action was taken by the government, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 2017 announced filing a plea in the Supreme Court to seek implementation of the orders of the already decided case. The apex court is now hearing that implementation case.