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Benazir saved PM Aziz from arrest

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 17:26 IST

A former Pakistani minister has claimed he had issued orders to arrest Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in a money laundering case during the tenure of Benazir Bhutto's government but she had blocked the move.

"When Shaukat Aziz was working with Citibank, he was involved in a money laundering case.

After investigation I issued directives to arrest him but Benazir stopped it saying that Aziz is an American citizen and his arrest will create problems," retired General Naraullah Babar, who was Interior Minister in Bhutto's government said during a book launch at New York on Monday.

Pakistan's politicians have always been targets of accountability, and it is now time for military generals to be held accountable, Daily Times quoted him as saying at the launch of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's biography Ghaddar Kaun (Who is the traitor).

Apparently referring to a spate of court cases instituted against Bhutto and her spouse, Asif Ali Zardari, Babar said "President General Pervez Musharraf will come to know about the peoples' problems when he leaves the presidency."

Aziz, a former Vice President of the Citibank was invited to be Finance Minister by Musharraf after the military coup in 1999.

Since then, Aziz has emerged as the President's close confidants and made Prime Minister in 2004 after the removal of Zafarullah Khan Jamali.

The combined opposition, including Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) plans to move a motion of no confidence against Aziz and his government tomorrow listing various failures and "corrupt" deals of his government.