ISLAMABAD - The country’s security czar yesterday questioned the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) about its progress into investigations of known Asghar Khan case that involved alleged distribution of money among the politicians to manipulate results of 1990 general elections.

“On a query about the Asghar Khan case, FIA informed the interior minister that some issues in the probe are facing delay because of a review petition of the case pending before the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” said a spokesman of the interior ministry after the end of a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here.

The minister also directed FIA to submit an interim report in the case before the Supreme Court.

In its short order issued on October 19, 2012, the apex court deciding a petition of former air chief Asghar Khan, had directed the then federal government to take a necessary action under the Constitution and the law against former Chief of Army Staff Gen (retd) Aslam Beg and then DG ISI Lt-Gen (retd) Asad Durrani for their alleged role in doling out the money among politicians to prevent PPP from winning the elections in the 1990. Following the court order, then PPP government had asked FIA to probe the case whose investigation could not be completed so far. During this time, the two former army officers filed a review petition before the SC.

Earlier, the meeting was informed that ICT (Islamabad Capital territory) Police, FIA and Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) have arrested over 1800 proclaimed offenders (POs) during first 100 days of their campaign against POs launched on the directives of the interior minister. At the same time, CNICs of 769 POs have been blocked and 1139 such passports have been blacklisted. Moreover, 581 bank accounts and 826 mobiles have been identified which were being used by POs.

Secretary Interior, Secretary Narcotics Division, Special Secretary Interior, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad, DG Immigration & Passports and other senior officials of the interior ministry attended the meeting.

The minister directed FIA, Police and ANF to speed up the campaign against the proclaimed offenders and final assessment and future policy against them should be put up by the end of July.

The meeting was also briefed that central databank of POs had also been established in coordination with National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), which would be shared with all law enforcement agencies of the federal capital as well as provinces.

The IGP while briefing the minister about decade-wise number of POs informed that a special software had been developed by ICT Police to consolidate complete particulars of the POs and the case histories which would help law enforcement agencies to apprehend them.

Chaudhry Nisar also directed the Secretary Interior to coordinate with provincial chief secretaries to speed up digitalization of land and property record in all the provinces. This, he said, would help law enforcement agencies to trace those criminals who were holding properties out of their own districts.

A senior officer of FIA also briefed the minister about the progress into various mega corruption cases and white-collar crimes. He said that challans of various mega corruption cases including Axact case, Aqeel Karim Dadi/Amtex scam and of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI), Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) as well as Pakistan State Oil  (PSO) had been completed and submitted before the courts of law.

The minister appreciated FIA for completing successful inquiry into China-cutting case (Amenity plots of Karachi Development Authority (KDA) sold out and funds used for terrorism financing. The chair was informed that FIA with coordination of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) successfully apprehended two individuals and also recovered an amount of Rs. 7.5 million from an accused on voluntary basis.

The meeting directed FIA to complete pending enquiries of major cases in a month’s time. It was decided in the meeting that if there were a need, the ministry would engage special prosecutors to ensure that all these cases are followed properly in the courts.