ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Saturday issued notices to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former army chief General Mirza Aslam Beg and former ISI chief Lt. General Asad Durrani in the Asghar Khan case on August 15.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, which will hear the case, also served summon notices to DG Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Attorney General to appear before the court on the said date. On June 2, the Supreme Court had issued notices to Nawaz Sharif and Javed Hashmi as well as 19 other civilians named in the case to appear before it.

In a reply submitted to the Supreme Court on June 9, the former prime minister had denied allegations of receiving Rs3.5 million for his 1990 election campaign.

On October 19, 2012, the Supreme Court issued a 141-page verdict, directing legal proceedings against Gen (retd) Aslam Beg and Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani in a case filed some 16 years ago by former air chief Air Marshal(retd) Asghar Khan.

Asghar Khan, who passed away in January this year, was represented in the Supreme Court by lawyer Salman Akram Raja. Asghar Khan had filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 1996 alleging that the two senior army officers and the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan had doled out Rs140 million among several politicians ahead of the 1990 polls to ensure Benazir Bhutto's defeat in the polls. The Islamic Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), consisting of nine parties including the Pakistan Muslim League, National People’s Party and Jamaat-e-Islami, had won the 1990 elections, with Nawaz Sharif being elected prime minister. The alliance had been formed to oppose the Benazir Bhutto-led Pakistan People’s Party.

In 1996, Khan had written a letter to the then Supreme Court Chief Justice Nasim Hassan Shah naming Beg, Durrani and Younis Habib, the ex-Habib Bank Sindh chief and owner of Mehran Bank, about the unlawful disbursement of public money and its misuse for political purposes.

The 2012 apex court judgment, authored by the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, had directed the Federal Investigation Agency to initiate a transparent investigation and subsequent trial if sufficient evidence is found against the former army officers.