Arrest warrant issued for ex-Pakistani prime minister

Warrants issued for arrest of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Gaza

Two senior leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)  - former Prime Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim and former Prime Minister Yousaf Gaza Gilani - have been ordered to be arrested by the anti-curruption court on Thursday over charges of corruption for approving subsidies to fake companies. They stand accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes while in power.

Gilani was the prime minister of the PPP government from March 2008 until his disqualification and ouster by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in April 2012. Presently he is the vice chairman of his party.

"It seems a revenge-like campaign is being carried out against the PPP," Senator Sherry Rehman told a news conference.

The leaders has charged by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for approving and disbursing fraudulent trade subsidies worth millions of  Pakistani Rupees to some fake companies and backdated cheques under a scheme of Trade Development Authority Pakistan.

The police has been commissioned to arrest and present them before the court by the next hearing on September 10.

Otherwise, Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister of the government has started a crackdown against corruption with dozens of bureaucrats and politicians being arrested.

TRTWorld and agencies