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Non-bailable arrest warrants for Farzana Raja issued

ISLAMABAD – An Accountability Court (AC) on Monday issued non-bailable arrest war­rants against former chairperson Benazir Income Support Pro­gramme (BISP) Farzana Raja and directed to initi­ate a procedure to declare her as proclaimed offend­er on continuous disap­pearance. The court also instructed the authority concerned to block the CNIC of accused Farzana Raja and place her name on exit control list (ECL). 

AC-III Judge Syed As­ghar Ali heard the refer­ence pertaining to cor­ruption in funds of BISP filed by National Account­ability Bureau (NAB). 

At the outset of hearing, the counsels for the co-ac­cused said that the bureau should inform the bench that whether it had filed final or interim reference. They said that charg­es couldn’t be framed against the accused in an interim reference. The court remarked that the investigation into the case couldn’t be stopped at any stage in line of the directives of the top court. The court separated the case of Farzana Raja and fixed a new date for indictment of the co-accused.

The judge instructed all the accused to ensure their attendances on next date of hearing.

The NAB had filed ref­erence against Farzana Raja and other accused in March last year. It alleged that the BISP under the head of accused awarded contracts to advertising agencies in 2009-10 and 2010-11 in violation of the Public Procurement Rules (PPR), 2004.

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