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Ex-PM Ashraf, driver sued over fatal accident

Updated January 12, 2019

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Former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.— AFP/File
Former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.— AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: A law suit has been filed against former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and his driver, Abid Nawaz, over the death of a police constable in a road accident last year.

The plaintiff, Aurangzeb Abbasi, who filed the suit under “Fatal Accident Act, 1855”, sought over Rs20 million in compensation from the ex-premier and his driver over the death of his son, police constable Zeeshan Abbasi, in the road accident.

According to the application, “on September 22, 2018 when Zeeshan was coming from Islamabad to Faizabad, Rawalpindi on his personal bike (RIN-737), a land cruiser (GU-027) rashly and negligently driven by defendant no 2 [Nawaz] hit him from back. As a result of this accident, Zeeshan was badly [injured and] died on the spot.”

It said the driver was arrested but was granted bail. Since the former prime minister was the owner of the vehicle, he was also responsible for the fatal accident, the plaintiff argued.

He said his son died due to lack of care. Zeeshan was the bread earner of a large family, the plaintiff said, while seeking compensation of Rs20,647,200.

The court admitted the law suit and issued summons for the ex-premier and his drive for January 17.

Published in Dawn, January 12th, 2019