The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday once again recommended the closure of the Asghar Khan case for lack of evidence.A three-member bench, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, heard the case. The investigation agency submitted a report in the Supreme Court, saying it could not find enough proof or evidence to take the case forward. The FIA authorities said they were unable to proceed due to lack of substantial evidence. The FIA report submitted in the court said the statements of all important witnesses who were available had been recorded. The FIA said it had also interviewed two journalists, Mujeebur Rehman Shami and Habib Ikram, and grilled the main witness, Brig (r) Hamid Saeed, as well as Advocate Yousaf Memon, but to no avail.Meanwhile, the apex court rejected a report submitted by the defence ministry in the case and demanded that a new one be submitted within four weeks. Earlier, the defence ministry submitted a report on progress in implementation of the Asghar Khan case verdict, saying it had constituted a court of inquiry, which had recorded the statements of six witnesses. According to the report, the ministry is looking for more witnesses.The report said a court of inquiry had examined all proofs and civilians associated with the case. It added that efforts were being made to bring the matter to its logical end as per the rules and regulations. “During the inquiry, were [the witnesses] asked about the [person] through whom the money was offered?” Justice Saeed inquired, to which the attorney general responded in the negative. Justice Saeed told the defence ministry to submit a ‘complete report’ again. The judge also said it will be examined if the witness statements, that were recorded under oath, are truthful. He said the defence ministry can submit the report in a sealed envelope if it wants.The Supreme Court is hearing a case on the implementation of the verdict in the Asghar Khan case which concerns the dishing out of Rs 140 million among politicians allegedly by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) before the 1990 general elections. Through its 2012 judgement, the SC had asked the federal government to take necessary action under the law against former army chief Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg and ISI’s former director general Lt Gen (r) Asad Durrani for their role in facilitating a group of politicians and political parties to ensure their success against rival candidates in the 1990 election by dishing out the money. In the last hearing of the case on April 2, the court had ordered the FIA to come up with a report highlighting banks showing reluctance to offer information about those who allegedly received money in the scam.