ISLAMABAD - The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) probing the Asghar Khan case, on the directions of the Supreme Court, has summoned Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan, a petitioner in the case, to record his statement.

Well-placed sources in FIA informed on Saturday that the agency’s investigation team has formally started investigations into Asghar Khan case in which a number of politicians including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are facing allegations of taking money as bribe from the country’s premier intelligence agency.

The money was allegedly distributed among the politicians of different political parties to form an alliance against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for the general elections.

The FIA investigation team will also record the statement of then army chief Gen (Retd) Aslam Beg and then ISI chief Lt General (Retd) Asad Durrani. The team will also record statements of Brig (Retd) Hamid Saeed from ISI and Yunis Habib, former chief executive Mehran Bank. Younas Habib was the person who had distributed money among the politicians and then he had publicly admitted this when SC was hearing the case.

Asghar Khan, in 1996, had filed a petition before the Supreme Court pleading that the matter of distribution of money among the politicians should be probed. However, the petition was not taken up till 2013 when former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the petition and directed the Federal Investigation Agency to probe the matter.