Ex-ISI chief summoned by SC

The Supreme Court has summoned the ex-ISI chief Asad Durrani and notified the Defence Ministry on Monday upon reopening a 12 year old case where a petition was filed against the funding of political parties by spy agencies.

The case was reopened on Monday under a three-panel bench of judges headed by chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. The bench called for all the evidence that has already been submitted in regards to the case in 1996 by the ex-chief of air force Asghar Khan. The bench of judges also asked for the camera statements of Durrani, functions of ISI during Mr. Durrani’s leadership, and a copy of the original ISI report submitted to the court 12 years ago.

The court asked the concerned personnel to make sure that the notice summoning Asad Durrani in the next hearing is delivered to him and to be able to do that, concerned individuals should make sure that the notice is dispatched to his current residence. The court adjourned the meeting declaring the date for next hearing to be 2nd March. Advocate Akram Sheikh informed the court that Mr. Durrani is in Colombo until March 6. Therefore, the next date of hearing should be after that. Considering the plea of the advocate, SC finalized the date of 8th March for the next hearing to make sure that Mr. Durrani is present since the case cannot proceed without his presence.

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