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Order to arrest Pakistan PM refused

Published 17/01/2013 | 06:40

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Pakistan prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf faces accusations of corruption

The head of the Pakistani government's anti-corruption wing has refused an order by the country's top court to arrest the prime minister in a corruption case.

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Fasih Bokhari, chief of the National Accountability Bureau, told the Supreme Court that he did not have sufficient evidence to arrest Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

On Tuesday the court ordered Mr Bokhari to arrest Mr Ashraf and 15 others accused of corruption in a case involving private power stations built to provide electricity to energy-starved Pakistan.

The accusations against the prime minister, which he has denied, stem from his time as the minister for water and power.

The court ordered Mr Bokhari to bring the case files back to the judges so they can determine whether there is incriminating evidence.

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