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Pak govt withdraws plea seeking review of SC order
Islamabad, January 21, 2013
First Published: 22:52 IST(21/1/2013)
Last Updated: 22:59 IST(21/1/2013)

The Pakistan government on Monday withdrew a petition seeking a review of a Supreme Court order directing authorities to take action against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and other suspects for alleged corruption in power projects.

The petition was withdrawn by Wasim Sajjad, the premier's counsel. He said the petition was being withdrawn on the directive of Ashraf.

The apex court had directed the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan's main anti-corruption agency, in March last year to take action against Ashraf and over 20 other suspects for alleged graft in setting up rental power projects.

Last week, the apex court directed NAB to arrest Ashraf and the other suspects but the agency's Chairman, Fasih Bokhari, said he did not have evidence to make arrests.

The allegations against Ashraf date back to his tenure as the Power Minister.

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