NAB court to announce Nandipur Power Project verdict on Feb 20

Pervaiz Ashraf, Babar Awan indicted in Nandipur Power Project case

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Monday reserved the verdict of Nandipur Power Project case which will be announced on February 20.
Accountability court judge Arshad Malik made his decision after hearing arguments of former law minister Dr Babar Awan, the National Accountability Bureau prosecutor and former prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf’s counsel.
During the hearing, Dr Awan informed the court that he was not the law minister when two summaries had been sent to the Ministry of Law. “The new law minister did not even grant an approval after I left. Approvals are the law secretary’s responsibility and not the minister’s.”
He accepted that the Nandipur project was not completed but alleged that a corruption reference was initiated against him selectively.
Relaying his arguments to the court, the NAB prosecutor informed that the Rehmat Hussain Jafri commission’s report is present. “The law minister did issue one form that was required. The entire blame is on the incompetency level of the law ministry during Dr Awan’s tenure.”
Upon hearing this, Judge Malik remarked that this is such a small issue. “This minor issues should have been solved amongst yourselves and brought to court.”
Presenting his arguments before the court, the counsel for former PM Ashraf said, “Before a charge sheet is filed, all the convicts are supposed to provide all the relevant documents.”
His lawyer further added that he wanted to present some reports to the court before a decision pertaining to the case is made.
Hearing was adjourned till Feb 20 after Judge Malik reserved the verdict.


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