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Pak politicians got money from ISI

A retired Chief Justice of Pakistan Saeeduzaman Siddiqui has alleged that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had given millions of rupees to different politicians in 1990 to form a political alliance to fight against Benazir’s Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

world Updated: Aug 28, 2009 00:38 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

A retired Chief Justice of Pakistan Saeeduzaman Siddiqui has alleged that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had given millions of rupees to different politicians in 1990 to form a political alliance to fight against Benazir’s Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

In an interview to a TV channel, Siddiqui said that the money was given to convince politicians to join the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad, the right wing politicial alliance that fought election against the PPP and won.

Bhutto had alleged that the elections had been rigged.

The allegations by the former CJ were substantiated by retired ISI chief, Asad Durrani, who confirmed that the payments had been made and by at least one politician who received the payments.

On Thursday, Syeda Abida Hussain, who was then a member of Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N party publicly acknowleged that she had received the political bribe.

Sharif is also accused of having received a payment of about Rs 3.5 crores.

Nawaz Sharif has so far not commented on the issue but a former army chief, Retired General Mirza Aslam Beg, who was in charge at the time, said that the move has come “to discredit Nawaz Sharif.”