Talking to media persons, after the hearing, the former prime minister belonging to the Pakistan People Party  (PPP)said that he could not comment on the issue as it was sub-judice. — File Photo
Talking to media persons, after the hearing, the former prime minister belonging to the Pakistan People Party (PPP)said that he could not comment on the issue as it was sub-judice. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad indicted former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and six others in the rental power case on Friday, DawnNews reported.

All accused, including the former federal mister for water and power, refused to plead guilty whereas the bench hearing the case sought all relevant evidence from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the next hearing of the case which was adjourned until February 4.

Talking to media persons, after the hearing, the former prime minister belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that he could not comment on the issue as the matter was sub-judice.

He further said that the character assimilation campaign being run on the media was regrettable.

Mr Ashraf is accused of misusing his authority during his tenure as the minister for water and power to obtain approval from the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and the cabinet for an increase in the down payment to the rental power companies from 7 per cent to 14 per cent, amounting to about Rs22 billion.

He authorised on April 13, 2009, the submission of a summary to the ECC which allegedly contained misleading facts, stating that the terms and conditions of the bidding envisaging 7 per cent advance could not be met and should be raised to 14 per cent.


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Masoud
Jan 17, 2014 01:12pm

All indicted are highly corrupt officials of their time. They may pr may not get punished as the court's judgments are bases on certain principal of facts & witness whereas these influentials are quite capable of luring witnesses & twisting facts but surely they will ultimately have to pay for all the ills. It is better they plead guilty & ask for forgiveness in this world or else the punishment of hereafter will be worst.

jdshami
Jan 17, 2014 01:15pm

Get back all the money he stole from Pakistan and put him in jail for defrauding the nation.

syed
Jan 17, 2014 02:52pm

character assimilation? you are responsible for the worst energy crisis in the history of Pakistan, thanks to you, so many factories shut down or were at their knees... everything that depended on energy was all time low.

I hope they find you guilty and you can sit in a 6x4 room with no light for years, THAN you will know how Pakistanis suffered on your watch.

ALI
Jan 17, 2014 04:41pm

lets see if the gov does actually does anything against him?

Riaz
Jan 17, 2014 07:57pm

What will happen with this case is not a mystery to anyone in Pakistan. Todate - no previous political corrupt leader has been charged or have paid for the deeds he/she did during their tenure. It is just wastage of tax-payers money to even run these cases. From political leaders, to judges, to high/low level bureaucrats - all are corrupt in Pakistan ... and where corruption is the God, no one can do anything to clear that out! Musharraf tried to uplift the country, what happened? These corrupt people pushed him away, and now he is paying for what good deeds he did during his tenure. Pakistan doesn't deserve good leaders ... Pakistan deserves what they are getting today. Tumhara hukumran tum mein se hi hoga! It is an unfortunate fact for Pakistan!

Sohail Ahmed
Jan 18, 2014 01:49am

Go get them who stole people's money