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Army, judiciary conspiring against govt: PM's aide

January 15, 2013

Fawad Chaudhry, an aide to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: An aide to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Tuesday there was “no doubt” the country's military and Supreme Court were working together to topple the government.

Fawad Chaudhry was speaking to Reuters after the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Ashraf.

The apex court had Tuesday ordered the prime minister’s arrest during a hearing of the rental power projects case.

The bench ordered the arrest of 16 persons, including the premier, and directed the authorities to present Prime Minister Ashraf in court tomorrow.

The prime minister has been accused of receiving kickbacks and commission in the RPPs case as minister for water and power.

In the case, nine RPPs firms were accused of receiving more than Rs22 billion as a mobilisation advance from the government to commission the projects but most of them did not set up their plants and a few of them installed them but with inordinate delay.