Ex-ISI chief claims responsibility for creating political cell to rig 1990 elections

Islamabad, Oct. 31 (ANI): Former Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) chief General Hamid Gul has claimed responsibility for creating the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), a political cell that was allegedly created to prevent Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from winning the elections in 1990.

Gul not only defended the creation of the IJI, but also credited General (Retd) Aslam Beg for helping create it, reports The Dawn.

A three-judge bench, while hearing the 1996 petition filed by former Air Marshal Asghar Khan, who had accused the ISI of financing politicians in the 1990 elections by dishing out Rs 140 million to create the IJI and prevent Benazir Bhutto’s PPP from winning the polls, had recently ruled that the 1990 election was rigged and that a political cell maintained by the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan supported the formation of the IJI to stop a victory of the PPP.

The ruling said Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Beg and Durrani violated the Constitution, and ordered the government to take legal action against them.

“The army cannot be controlled by politicians, the army has put control on itself,” Gul said. He also accused Pakistani politicians of being corrupt, and labeled them “crooks” and added that if they continue the path they are on, the army would continue to intervene in the state’s affairs.

Gul also said that he is prepared to face any article of the constitution, but he put forward two conditions for his trial, stating that it should be open and that he should not be arrested. (ANI)

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