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Raja Pervez barred from leaving Pakistan over corruption charges

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Raja-Pervez-AshrafThe Federal Investigation Agency on Monday barred fromer Pakistan premier Raja Pervez Ashraf from leaving the country.

The direction was given a day after resounding defeat of Raja Pervez Ashraf in general election. He has been accused with several others in corruption for setting up Rental Power Projects (RPPs) worht Rs22 billion.

All airports were instructed to prevent Ashraf and several others from leaving the country.

This comes as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) earlier decided to file a reference in the RPPs case after May 11 elections.

The supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) back in March also issued a contempt of court notice to former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on trying to influence the court by writing a letter to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for constituting a commission to investigate the RPPs scam case.

The rental power projects were mooted by the outgoing Pakistan Peoples Party-led government as a solution to the country’s crippling energy crisis.

The alleged corruption in the setting of the projects led to Ashraf being nicknamed “Raja Rental”, and he uffered a humiliating defeat in the general election in a parliamentary constituency in his hometown of Gujjar Khan near Rawalpindi.

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