Two PPP PMs to face arrest as NAB chief takes charge
11 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: After the appointment of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry as the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), two former prime ministers of the Pakistan People's Party are facing a threat of imminent arrest over their alleged involvement in two mega scams.
According to sources in Rawalpindi NAB, nine references are ready in the infamous Rental Power Projects (RPP) case to be signed by the new NAB chief. The accused in these cases include former PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and some top bureaucrats of his regime.
Sources said after the formal signature of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, criminal proceedings will start against all theaccused, including ex-PM Ashraf and his arrest cannot be ruled out. The Law Ministry issued the notification for the formal appointment of Chaudhry as the new NAB chairman on Thursday.
The post for NAB chairman was lying vacant since May 28 this year when the Supreme Court had termed the appointment of Admiral (r) Fasih Bukhari as illegal.
Previously, NAB had summoned Ashraf for questioning on May 14, 2013, regarding corrupt practices and misuse of authority while awarding an RPP contract (Naudero-II) to Walters Power International.
Similarly, another former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is facing arrest over his alleged involvement in Rs100 billion Ogra scam.Sources in the investigation team said the former PM is accused of allowing illegal relocation of CNG stations and appointment of detained principal accused Tauqir Sadiq as chairman of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra).
Gilani was summoned more than four times by NAB investigators for interrogation, but he refused to appear before the Bureau's team, claiming he enjoys immunity as former prime minister.
NAB sources said investigators wanted to confront Gilani with evidence provided by Tauqir Sadiq, who is currently in Adiala Jail after remaining in NAB's custody for more than 86 days.They said the Bureau wanted to issue arrest warrants for Gilani, but under NAB Ordinance only the chairman is authorized to issue arrest warrants for the former PM.
"It is up to the chairman to decide the fate of Yusuf Raza Gilani, but we have completed our documentation for the arrest of former Prime Minister," said a NAB official requesting anonymity".