Asghar Khan case: Aslam Beg, Asad Durrani come face to face
ISLAMABAD: Former Leader of Military Workforce (COAS) Basic (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg says he had vehemently warned then undercover agent leader Lieutenant Basic (retd) Asad Durrani in opposition to dragging the army into “political engineering” forward of the 1990 elections.
Beg’s revelations come as a part of his commentary to a Federal Investigation Company (FIA) group probing the alleged distribution of estimated Rs 1.48 billion amongst politicians to persuade the 1990 polls within the nation.
“I known as [General] Asad Durrani and warned him to watch out within the dealing with of the ones finances. After this, I by no means once more mentioned this topic with him. I gave him no names of politicians or the cash to be dispensed, as a result of this was once totally his area, and he was once liable for reporting to the president,” Beg mentioned in his written commentary submitted to the FIA and the apex court docket.
“Durrani violated the military’s rule by means of opening a number of accounts within the title of 202 Survey Phase, positioned below his command for operational intelligence functions most effective. I got here to grasp of this breach of agree with most effective in 1996 when he so deposed in his affidavit earlier than the Best Court docket. I’ve had no wisdom of who all operated this account. I knew Brig Hamid Saeed as operational commander 202 Survey Phase and now not because the account holder and finances distributor to the politicians. He [Durrani] claims to have dispensed finances, and recorded in his hand-written notes as evidence, which haven’t any legality. In a similar way, Durrani claims having dispensed finances, without a witnesses, no written or verbal evidence of such transactions. This is a sheer lie. Durrani concerned 202 Survey Phase on this sport deliberately, to contain the military in his sordid deed, so unbecoming of an officer of his rank,” the commentary learn.
Beg leveled severe allegations in opposition to Durrani by means of pronouncing that Durrani were given so on the subject of the Pakistan Peoples Birthday celebration’s best management, that “whilst in uniform he began attending PPP central government committee conferences, which was once reported to the then military leader, Basic Abdul Waheed, who promptly retired him from carrier because of fault of the officer”.
“In October 1993, when Benazir Bhutto returned to energy, she presented an ambassadorial task to Durrani, which he permitted and earlier than continuing to Germany he mentioned the ‘Sport Plan’ together with her, which was once printed by means of Durrani himself, in his hand-written confessional letter he wrote from Bonn to the top minister. On this letter, he talked in regards to the two goals of the conspiracy: To position Basic Beg at the mat and goal the opposition,” Beg accused Durrani.
On this letter Durrani additionally gave names of few politicians, who gained Rs8 million, whilst the rest Rs6 million got to the Director Exterior Intelligence, Beg printed. “He [Durrani] additional mentioned that the operation was once within the wisdom of the military’s top command. As an issue of truth, the election engineering by means of the ISI, were happening since 1975, and was once in everyone’s wisdom,” Beg claimed.
Beg endured additional that Durrani after taking the price asked him to position the 202 Survey Phase deployed in Sindh below his command for higher coordination of intelligence within the province. The 202 Survey Phase, commanded by means of Brig Hamid Saeed was once subsequently positioned below Durrani for a duration of 1 yr for intelligence functions most effective, Beg’s commentary learn.
The federal government was once making ready to carry the elections when military intelligence knowledgeable him that, on orders of the President’s Election Mobile, Younis Habib had positioned some finances for the logistic make stronger of the approaching elections, Beg mentioned.
“I subsequently known as at the president and gave him the news which he already knew and mentioned, ‘Don’t concern, Durrani will handle it. He is aware of the way to maintain it.’ The president gave me no orders as a result of his election cellular was once dealing with the ones issues,” Beg mentioned, including, “He [Durrani] was once now not reporting to me both, as a result of, a brand new process was once being adopted since 1975, when PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto via a distinct notification gave ‘political accountability’ to the ISI. And this ‘political accountability’ was once by no means challenged by means of a court docket of regulation. That was once the explanation that from 1990 to 1994 there was once a complete clean for me about ‘the ISI’s political accountability’.”
Beg additionally recalled that it was once July 1994 when PPP’s internal minister Maj Gen (retd) Nasirullah Babar broke the news of disbursement of finances to the politicians in 1990 at the ground of the Area. “I used to be surprised and shocked, however could not inquire about it both, as a result of Durrani was once posted as ambassador to Germany and the 151-HQ in Islamabad held no report of such transactions,” Beg mentioned.
“Asghar Khan filed the writ petition in opposition to me with the Best Court docket of Pakistan,” Beg mentioned, including that the court cases began, revealing what all had came about all the way through the intervening duration from 1990 to 1996.
“I came upon that: it was once a conspiracy hatched by means of the then FIA director Rehman Malik, on the behest of Benazir Bhutto, which carried the grudge in opposition to me, for a number of causes: (i) Since I used to be a detailed affiliate of Basic Zia-ul-Haq, who hanged her father, she regarded as me similarly in charge. (ii) She believed that I supported President Ishaq Khan who disregarded her govt in 1990. (iii) She blamed me for manipulating the 1991 elections,” Beg claimed.
Beg defined in his commentary how he believes a non-public grudge of the previous top minister become revenge, pointing out that Benazir’s ‘grudge’ was once shaping right into a conspiracy and was once done as a ‘lady’s vendetta’.
“In reality, since 1988, when she took over because the top minister, she endured to turn her dislike for me,” mentioned Beg, including that Rehman Malik cultivated ties with Durrani, whilst he was once the undercover agent leader from Aug 1990 to March 1992.
As soon as Nasirullah Babar made the checklist of beneficiaries public within the Nationwide Meeting in July 1994, Durrani were given very dissatisfied at this breach of agree with and expressed his sadness in his affidavit dated 31-10-1997 submitted with the court docket later, Beg mentioned in his commentary.
A couple of weeks later Rehman Malik visited Germany for a 2d time with a typed letter containing the checklist of alleged recipients of finances.
Durrani signed the letter “below particular instances,” i.e., below duress, as it was once now not the checklist he had given to PM Benazir Bhutto, Beg mentioned. Then again, that was once the quid professional quo for the ambassadorial task, he claimed.
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