ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday decided not to close the long-running case filed by late air chief marshal Asghar Khan , rejecting the Federal Investigation Agencys recommendation to close the files for lack of evidence.

A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing the case earlier today regarding non-implementation of its October 19, 2012 judgment.

During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar said that if Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has no authority than the case can be given to other departments.

Meanwhile, Salman Akram Raja was appointed as judicial assistance in the case.

“FIA is [backing out] when its time for implementation. We will summon a reply from FIA, and also from the cabinet,” Justice Nisar remarked, as the bench ordered further investigation into the case.

The legal heirs of late Asghar Khan on Thursday rejected the Federal Investigation Agencys (FIA) recommendations and requested the Supreme Court not to close the case.

On June 2, the Supreme Court had issued notices to Nawaz and senior politician Javed Hashmi as well as 19 other civilians named in the case to appear before it.

Asghar Khan case

A case was filed by the late former chief of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) retired Air Marshal Asghar Khan alleging that countrys intelligence agency had provided Rs140 million to the politicians in the 1990s to form the Islami Jamhoori Itehad (IJT) in order to prevent PPP from winning the polls of the 1990 general elections.

The case has been shrouded in complexities as many former army officers including former ISI Chief General (Retd) Aslam Baig and PM Nawaz Sharif were involved.

Hearing of the case was started in 1996 by the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan. A detailed judgement was reached in November 2012 by 3 member bench of SC comprising then Cheif Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary, Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.