ISLAMABAD: Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Asad Durrani has said that ex-COAS Mirza Aslam Beg was onboard since the beginning, Geo News reported.
In the rejoinder to the affidavit filed by Aslam Beg in Asghar Khan case, Durrani blamed his ex-boss for being involved in the operation since it started.
Aslam Beg had denied his involvement in disbursement of funds among the political parties, in his reply submitted to the Supreme Court on May 09.
Beg said he was not involved in the disbursement of donations ordered by late President of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan and that he merely possessed knowledge of the accounts or of the disbursement of money.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, is seized with a petition filed by Air Marshal Asghar Khan (retd) some 16 years ago against the distribution of millions of rupees by the ISI among anti-PPP politicians to manipulate the 1990 elections.
The amount was allegedly disbursed by then army chief General Mirza Aslam Beg (retd), former director general ISI Lt Gen Asad Durrani (retd) and defunct Mehran Bank chief Younis Habib.
Durrani said Beg used to issue instructions in this regard and proper feedback was provided to him about the progress made.
The order to fund the anti-PPP parties was legal as it came through proper channel and his role as ISI head could only be revealed in-camera, he further added.
'ISI is accountable to the president, the prime minister, services chiefs among others but army chief holds more influence than others on it. The fake bank accounts were opened in the name of personnel of military intelligence.'