Pak govt. won't launch probe against Nawaz Sharif in 1990 poll rigging case

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2012 11:10 hrs

A Pakistani minister has revealed that the government has no intention of holding an inquiry into the allegations that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif had received money from intelligence agencies in 1990 as ordered by the Supreme Court in the Asghar Khan case.

"The Asghar Khan case is buried," declared Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, the chief negotiator of the government with the opposition, reports The Dawn.

Shah's remarks came a day after Sharif said the credit for completion of the elected government's five-year term went to his party.

"We are thankful to Mr Sharif for supporting democracy despite efforts to pitch us against each other," Shah said while commenting on Sharif's remarks.

The apex court had, in its October 19 order in the Asghar Khan case, held the then military establishment and the presidency responsible for manipulating the 1990 elections through distribution of money among politicians.

Initially, the PML-N rejected an investigation by the FIA, but following criticism from different quarters, Sharif - who had become prime minister as a result of the 1990 elections - announced that he was ready to face a probe through the agency. (ANI)

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