Court issues bailable arrest warrants for former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf – Pakistan

An accountability court in Lahore issued dance arrest warrants for former Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday in a case of the National Office of Accountability (NAB) against him for making illegal appointments at the Gujranwala Electric Power Company ( Gepco) during his term as federal minister of water and power.

The judge on duty Jawadul Hassan rejected a request from Ashraf's lawyer, lawyer Iftikhar Shahid, for a judicial exemption for his client and instead issued his arrest warrants. The NAB prosecutor, Waris Ali Janjua, appeared on behalf of the responsibility regulator.

The former prime minister's lawyer said Ashraf could not appear in court because he was not well.

Rejecting the request for his exemption, the judge said that Ashraf's case had entered its final stages and that he should have appeared before the court today.

NAB has said that the former prime minister misused his powers and appointed 437 people in Gepco from his constituency without any consideration of merit. Former secretary of water and power Shahid Rafi, former directors of the boards of governors of Gepco, including Saleem Arif, Malik Muhammad Razi Abbas and Wazir Ali, were also involved in the same reference, presented in 2016.

After issuing the arrest warrants, the court postponed the process until September 18.



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