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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday gave the government a week’s time to call a special session of the cabinet to determine what action will be taken against a former army chief, retired Gen Mirza Aslam Beg, and a former director general (DG) of Inter-Services Intelligence, retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani, for rigging the 1990 elections against the PPP.

In an October 2012 short order issued by the Supreme Court (SC), the federal government had been directed to take action — within the bounds of the 1973 Constitution and the law — against Beg and Durrani for their role in ‘facilitating’ a group of politicians and political parties in the 1990 elections.

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The ruling was made in the notorious Asghar Khan case, after retired Air Marshal Asghar Khan, who had accused the two powerful military men of corrupting the democratic process with money.

A day earlier, the SC had discarded review petitions filed by Beg and Durrani and asked what action the government had taken to implement the court’s verdict in the past six years.

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