An accountability courtroom in Lahore on Friday issued bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in a Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) case towards him for making unlawful appointments within the Gujranwala Electrical Energy Firm (Gepco) throughout his stint as federal minister for water and energy.
Obligation choose Jawadul Hassan rejected an utility from Ashraf’s lawyer, Advocate Iftikhar Shahid, for a courtroom exemption for his consumer and as a substitute issued his arrest warrants. NAB prosecutor Waris Ali Janjua appeared on behalf of the accountability watchdog.
The previous premier’s lawyer stated Ashraf couldn’t seem earlier than the courtroom as he was unwell.
Rejecting the request for his exemption, the choose stated that Ashraf’s case had entered its last phases and he ought to have appeared earlier than courtroom at the moment.
NAB has stated that the previous prime minister misused his powers and appointed 437 folks in Gepco from his electoral constituency as a right for benefit. Former secretary water and energy Shahid Rafi, former administrators of Gepco’s boards of governors together with Saleem Arif, Malik Muhammad Razi Abbas and Wazir Ali have been additionally concerned in the identical reference, which was filed in 2016.
After issuing the arrest warrants, the courtroom adjourned proceedings until September 18.