Bailable arrest warrants for former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf issued

Bailable arrest warrants for former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf issued

Lahore (Staff Report/Agencies): An accountability court on Friday issued bailable arrest warrants for former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in illegal appointments case.

Duty judge Jawadul Hassan heard a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Ashraf for making illegal appointments in the Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco) during his stint as federal minister for water and power.

The former premier's lawyer informed the court that his client could not appear before the court as he was unwell. The court rejected Ashraf’s request, seeking exemption from court appearance and issued arrest warrant for the former PM.

The judge observed that Ashraf's case had entered its final stages and he should have appeared before the court.

NAB had accused former prime minister for misusing his powers and appointed 437 people in Gepco from his electoral constituency without any consideration for merit.