Pakistan’s apex court orders arrest of PM Raja Pervez

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Pakistani PM Raja Pervez Ashrad
 [PHOTO: Govt. of Pakistan]
Islamabad: Pakistani Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in his alleged involvement in graft cases linked to power project.  

As per the court judgment authorities have to arrest Mr. Parvez and 15 others within 24 hours.  

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the country's main anti-corruption agency, had so far refused to act on the court's directive.

During today’s hearing, the bench issued a notice for contempt of court to NAB chief Fasih Bukhari.

62-year-old Ashraf, who became Prime Minister after the exit of Yousuf Raza Gilani in June last year, has been accused of receiving kickbacks and commission in the rental power projects (RPPs) case as federal minister for water and power.

The court’s judgment for the arrest came as Islamic cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri demanded the resignation of the government in protests attended by tens of thousands of followers in front of the parliament in Islamabad.

Ashraf was given the title of 'Raja Rental' after he was accused of receiving kickbacks in the rental power projects. He was also accused of buying property in London from money earned through corruption in various scams, local media said.

Television footage showed protesters celebrating as news broke of arrest following the court’s order. 
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