Sahiwal Rental Power Project case
Pervez Ashraf acquitted
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday acquitted former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, former finance minister Shaukat Tareen as well as all eight other accused nominated in one of the 11 references related to the Rs 22 billion Rental Power Projects (RPPs) cases.
Announcing the verdict in the ‘Sahiwal Rental Power Reference’ on Thursday, the accountability court judge, Muhammad Bashir, remarked that there had been no loss incurred to the national exchequer, therefore a reference could not be made against the accused.
The verdict came in an acquittal plea submitted by the former premier and PPP leader, Ashraf, as well as all the other accused in the case. They had sought acquittal under an ordinance promulgated by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government to amend the NAB law which redefined the offence “misuse of authority” and also defined NAB’s jurisdiction.
The former premier had contended in the petition that there was no evidence with NAB regarding taking any financial benefits or kickbacks for these Rental Power Projects (RPPs) therefore as per the presidential ordinance, the procedural loopholes could not be called corruption and corrupt practice.