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Pakistan anti-graft board refuses to arrest Prime Minister

Published on Jan 17, 2013 4:18 PM
 
In this file photo, Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (centre), enters a limousine upon his arrival at Wattay airport to attend the ninth Asia-Europe (ASEM 9) summit in Vientiane on Nov 4, 2012. The chief of the Pakistani government's anti-corruption department on Thursday rejected a Supreme Court order to arrest the prime minister, television channels reported, providing some relief to a government gripped by political turmoil. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS) - The chief of the Pakistani government's anti-corruption department on Thursday rejected a Supreme Court order to arrest the prime minister, television channels reported, providing some relief to a government gripped by political turmoil.

On Tuesday, the court ordered the arrest of Raja Pervez Ashraf in connection with alleged kickbacks in transactions involving rental power plants when he served as power minister.

Fasih Bokhari, head of the National Accountability Bureau, told the Supreme Court that investigations of the allegations against Ashraf were incomplete, local television channels reported.

The court asked Bokhari to produce case records so that it could decide whether there is enough evidence to prosecute the prime minister and other officials accused in the case.

 
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