Lawyer seeks elimination of ISI's political wing

Islamabad: A lawyer on Tuesday petitioned Pakistan's Supreme Court to eliminate the political wing of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, which has often been accused of meddling in the affairs of political parties.

The application was moved by Wahabul Khairi, who named the President, Prime Minister, Army Chief and the ISI chief as respondents.

The application contended that the political cell of the ISI violated the basic rights of citizens as enshrined in Clause 17(2) of the Constitution.

Khairi asked the court to take up his application along with former Pakistan Air Force chief Asghar Khan’s 16-year-old petition on the alleged funding of politicians by the ISI.

The apex court is set to begin hearing Khan’s petition from tomorrow.

Khan has been represented by Khairi in the case related to the ISI's alleged role in disbursing money among politicians in the 1990s to build a coalition opposed to the Pakistan People's Party.