Habib claims ISI gave Rs1.5b to politicians

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The ex-chief of Mehran Bank Younis Habib appeared before the Supreme Court on Thursday and submitted his stance claiming that ISI had disbursed Rs. 1.5 billion to politicians.

Supreme Court of Pakistan has started the hearing of a more than a decade old case filed by Asghar Khan, Rtd. Air Marshal in 1996. Mr. Khan wrote in his plea that ex-army chief Mirza Aslam Beg, ex-chief of Mehran Bank Younas Habib, and ex-ISI General Director Asad Durrani distributed a total of Rs. 1.5 billion amongst various political parties (except Pakistan People’s Party) to manipulate the results of elections at that time.

Hearing the plea, SC arranged a bench of three judges headed by Justice Tariq Pervez, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to hear the case.

Asad Durrani and Younas Habib appeared before the court today to give their statement where Mr. Habib confessed that he did distribute approximately 400 million to non-PPP politicians as instructed by the authorities which were used to hamper the results of the 1990s elections. He confirmed that the transactions were made prior to the 90s elections and submitted his statement to the court in writing.

Defence Ministry was represented by Commander Shahbaz in the court on Thursday.

At the time of submission of the written statement, Mr. Habib apologized to the court that he was a part of the scam. However, clarified that he was under a lot of pressure and had no choice but to go ahead with the instructions. He further informed the court that during the process he was also made to meet the then President of Pakistan, Gulam Ishaq Khan.

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