ISLAMABAD, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's anti-corruption agency on Thursday refused to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on suspicion of corruption, saying the evidence is not enough to arrest him, local media reported.
The Supreme Court ordered the National Accountability Bureau ( NAB) on Tuesday to arrest Ashraf and 15 other people in 24 hours in a case involving private power stations built to provide electricity to energy-starved Pakistan when he was the minister for water and power.
But during Thursday's hearing, NAB Chairman Fasih Bokhari told the Supreme Court that the investigation report submitted to the Court in the Rental Power Projects (RPP) case was inaccurate.
Bokhari also said that the investigation officers had worked in a hurry and did not provide proofs in their report.
The chief justice of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Muhamamd Chaudhry criticized the NAB for changing its stance and said the court can itself monitor the case. The court ordered the NAB to submit its complete case file.
The apex court in its earlier verdict in March last year had observed that the rules and regulations were violated in these projects due to which the national exchequer witnessed losses of billions.
The Supreme Court has declared the Rental Power Projects illegal and ordered them to be shut down.
ISLAMABAD, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Pakistan Supreme Court's order to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on charges of corruption has plunged the country into a deep political crisis at a time when the country is just few months away from parliamentary polls. Full story