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Rental power: SC orders arrest of PM

Rental power: SC orders arrest of PM

Only Chairman NAB can issue arrest order: Naek, SC orders to be carried out: Fasih

Staff Reporter

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - Islamabad—Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday has issued orders to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Rental Power case.

The SC directed the authorities concerned to arrest 16 accused including the prime minister after presenting challan within 24 hours.

“The chief justice ordered that all concerned, regardless of their rank, who have been booked in the case be arrested and if someone leaves the country, then chairman of NAB (anti-corruption watchdog) will be held responsible along with his investigating team,” lawyer Aamir Abbas told.

“The sixteen include Raja Ashraf,” said Abbas, referring to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.

Following the Supreme Court orders, sources informed that the prime minister has summoned a meeting of close ministers for consultations.

Sources add that Prime Minister Ashraf is waiting for the detailed Supreme Court order after which he would consult President Asif Ali Zardari.

Speaking to reporters, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the Supreme Court order was unexpected. Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira while speaking to media said that Prime Minister Ashraf and the Law Ministry had not received the written order of the Supreme Court. Kaira added that people would not let democracy be de-railed.

Meanwhile after the Supreme Court order shops have been closed in Sukkur and aerial firing has been reported in Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the orders of Supreme Court gas issued directives at all national airports that if anyone of the 16 criminals named in Rental Power Case attempt to leave the country than the bureau should be informed immediately.

The Supreme Court ha ordered all 16 offenders in the case to be arrested, and gave 24 hours deadline to the authorities to implement the orders. The court maintained that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will be responsible if any of the respondents manage to escape.

NAB sources told Online that NAB had already written a letter to the Interior Ministry to place the name of the 16 offenders in the ECL and now the request has been refreshed after the SC orders of arrest of 16 involved in the RPP case.

Sources also told that NAB itself has also instructed the Immigration authorities at all national airports to stop anyone of the 16 offenders immediately if they attempt to leave the country and NAB be informed.

Sources told that NAB authorities had investigated the case thoroughly and had apprised the court of the developments off and on and the authority is implementing the SC orders

Earlier last year, the court directed NAB to proceed against all government functionaries involved, including the ministers for water and power during whose tenure the RPPs were approved or set up, and the minister and finance secretary holding charge when down payment for RPPs was increased from 7% to 14%.

Liaquat Jatoi and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf were water and power ministers in 2006 and 2008, respectively, while Shaukat Tareen was the finance minister in 2008, when down payment was increased.

Of the 19 RPP deals signed initially, only nine were allowed to function after a damning Asian Development Bank evaluation report. Subsequently, six of those nine RPPs were discont

Only Chairman NAB can issue arrest order: Naek

Islamabad—Law Minister Farooq H. Naek commenting on the Supreme Court’s judgement in Rental Power case, said that only Chairman National Accountability Bureau can issue the arrest order.
He said the Supreme Court is not a trial court and a case first has to be tried by a lower court and then appeals go to high court and the Supreme Court.
He hoped that the court would not do anything that could harm democracy or lead to confrontation among institutions.
Law Minister said there is no mention in the court order that a particular person is accused or reference should be filed against him.
He said demands of Tahirul Qadri about dissolution of the Election Commission and his proposal about formation of a caretaker government run against the provisions.
Farooq Naek urged Qadri to adopt constitutional course and participate in elections if he wanted changes in the system.—Online

SC orders to be carried out: Fasih

Karachi—Chairman NAB (National Accountability Bureau) Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bukhari has said that the Supreme Court’s orders will be carried out on delivery of the final verdict in RPP case.
Talking to media persons at the Karachi Airport on Tuesday evening, chairman NAB regretted that since he had only arrived at Karachi Airport at the moment, and had not received any copy of the Supreme Court verdict, he could not comment.
He said that 16 persons had been included in ECL (exit control list), while more names were being sought from interior ministry, while he also assured that Supreme Court’s orders relating to RPP case would be carried out.
It is pertinent to note that in the conclusion of RPP case, Supreme Court had ordered chairman NAB to ensure arrest of all 16 accused, and that none of them managed to slip out of Country. —Online
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