ISLAMABAD - The government Thursday again informed the Supreme Court that it could not trace the reports of Mehran Bank Limited (MBL) and Habib Bank Limited (HBL).On the last hearing of the case about alleged disbursement of funds among the politicians by the ISI, Salman Akram Raja, counsel for petitioner Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan, submitted a copy of a Mehran Bank report he had obtained from an anchorperson of a private TV channel.Justice Jawwad S Khawaja expressed concern over the missing reports, questioning why such important reports could not be traced. The chief justice said these reports must be with the government. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said the reports of the two banks and the notification issued to set up political wing in ISI in 1975 would clear many things to them, “otherwise, we will be groping in the dark”. If all the relevant documents could be furnished before the court in Bhutto reference case then why the reports of MBL and HBL could not be traced, he remarked.Justice Jawwad S Khawaja inquired whether the political cell in ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) still exists. The counsel said the attorney general could answer to it. According to a private TV channel, the SC directed the authorities to produce a notification pertaining to the foundation of political wing of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) during Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s government.The counsel said the political role of ISI started in politics in 1970. He quoted Shuja Pasha from his book saying ISI distributed funds among favourite politicians to get the desired results. The chief justice advised the counsel to be careful in talking about ISI, saying the army has offered lot of sacrifices for country’s defence. He said if a person like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had established the political wing in ISI, there must have been some wisdom behind it.The court directed HBL president to appear in person and produce a statement of the bank’s lager showing whether the amount reportedly distributed among the politicians was withdrawn under some certain procedure. The State Bank of Pakistan governor was ordered to share with the court if he has any information about the withdrawal of money from HBL. The court also directed for handing over the copy of CMA filed by Lt-Gen (r) Asad Durrani on May 16. The court ordered Commander Shahbaz, a representative of defence ministry, to appear on the next hearing and give a statement on whether or not the ISI and MI involved the ministry as an institution and to what extent.Attorney General Irfan Qadir assisted by the law secretary and Justice Yasmin Abbasi placed on record reports saying the copy of the Mehran Bank report could not be authenticated as the original report of inquiry commission regarding Mehran Bank was not available at the ministry. Regarding the HBL report Justice Yasmin Abbasi informed that inquiry commission chairman Justice (r) Muhammad Illyas vide letter 22-4-97 sent an interim report, copy of which was placed on record. The court noted that apparently there was no substance in that report, which only contained list of commission members and witnesses. The secretary informed that final report was never submitted.Salman Raja argued that it was an admitted fact the amount was given by the highest officers of the armed forces. He read before the bench a news item published in an Urdu daily on 12-6-96 that gave details of the funds given to the politicians. The chief justice inquired whether anyone contradicted the news item. Salman Raja said no one appeared before the court or even contradicted the allegations. He stated that former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan never denied the charges or issued any contradiction till his death.