Former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.—File Photo
Former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Investigators from the National Accountability Bureau on Monday grilled former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for at least three hours over the illegal appointment of former Ogra chairman Tauqeer Sadiq.

Sadiq is wanted by the anti-corruption body over his involvement in a Rs 82 billion corruption scam, and is awaiting extradition to Pakistan after a verdict from a UAE court where he was hiding after fleeing the country.

Sources told Dawn.com that the former prime minister told NAB investigators that he was solely responsible for the appointment of Tauqeer Sadiq and was not being directed by President Zardari or then Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Secretary General Jehangir Badar to do so.

Sadiq is Jehangir Badar’s brother-in-law.

The Supreme Court, which had on Nov 25, 2011 declared the appointment of Tauqeer Sadiq as illegal, had disclosed that Raja Pervez Ashraf was chairman of the interview board that approved the former Ogra chairman’s appointment.

Yousuf Raza Gilani was prime minister at the time.

Ashraf also told NAB investigators today that he was falsely accused of issuing 200 licenses to CNG stations as alleged in media reports. He told NAB officials that he had approved 68 CNG stations' licenses which were already approved in 2010 by his predecessor.

Meanwhile, Yousuf Raza Gillani, who was also summoned by NAB on Monday, did not show up.

Published Jun 10, 2013 07:58pm

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Syed
Jun 10, 2013 08:35pm

Accountability should be held across the board. Every accused should be given a fair chance but at the same time justice should not be delayed. Delaying the justice is tantamount to deny the justice. If corruption is proved, the looted money should be brought back to the national exchequer and guilty should be handed exemplary punishment. Justice should prevail at all costs.

EXpat
Jun 10, 2013 09:32pm

Rupees 82 billions corruption, who says Pakistan is a basket case." Appointment of Tauqeer Sadiq was purely on merit, it happens so, that he is brother in law is PPP's general secretary Jehangir Badar"Raja Sahib did not know about it.So what is the next step ? Has any government or court sent an influential person to Prison for 20 years? Only political vendettas work in the country.

asfi
Jun 10, 2013 10:03pm

A litmus test for Nawaz to grill Gillani and Raja.

zeb alam khan from US
Jun 10, 2013 10:09pm

I am looking forward to see this guy be sent to prison for 100 long years without any possibility of leaving prison before dying there.

His all property will confiscated and all his children shall be declared disqualified to hold any public office.

Judiciary has to send a clear message to these corrupt politicians.

Next should be Gillani and his sons

Mushtaq
Jun 10, 2013 10:21pm

If people misuse their authority , they should be penalized ASAP. People are fed up of high officials getting away with corrupt practices. Money must be recovered & they all must be jailed. If judiciary or NAB fails to punish such offenders, then they are encouraging others to carry on with corrupt practices. Go after them FAST.

Parvez
Jun 10, 2013 10:33pm

Grilled........ is just making a fool of the people. NAB's credibility is next to zero.

TKhan
Jun 10, 2013 11:41pm

How can they grill when there is no Gas? Plus it is all a game anyway. NAB catch big fish for publicity and punish only small fish.

Janikhel
Jun 11, 2013 12:57am

@EXpat: Why don't you admit that Pakistan is a FAILED state, everyone in power big or small is a thief, and specially those WHO shout the loudest ZINDABAD slogans, there is nothing ZINDABAD to shout about, so don't pacify the poor, it has been a beggar Nation since August 15, 1947.

Saeed
Jun 11, 2013 02:39am

Syed well said . And upto know events shows we are civilized society . Not like some other countries where they brutally killed there leader after worshiping them for decades. Great. every thing going according to law .