Fraud case: SC orders arrest of PM's former media coordinator

Published: January 25, 2012
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The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ordered the arrest of former media coordinator to the Prime Minister on Northern Pakistan Television. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ordered the arrest of former media coordinator to the Prime Minister on Northern Pakistan Television. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ordered the arrest of former media coordinator to the Prime Minister on Northern Pakistan Television, Khurram Rasool Butt and said that he be presented in court on January 27.

Butt is accused of receiving Rs630 million from his client on the pretext of getting his two companies – Sahara Gas (pvt) Limited and Pak Delta Enterprises (pvt) Limited – quota for Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and a licence for export of oil to Nato forces in Afghanistan. Butt and his brother Shahid Mehmood, along with one Ghulam Ghose, were accused of forging the signature of the Petroleum and natural resources secretary on various agreements.

The court – which had earlier ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take action against two of its former director generals along with the principal secretary to the prime minister for ‘shielding’ the accused involved in the fraud case – said that the FIA was not following orders.

Rasheed A Razvi, the petitioner’s counsel, had earlier informed the court that the accused was being shielded by influential office-holders, who blocked the FIA from arresting the accused in violation of the court order.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Jan 25, 2012 - 3:20PM

    All those who are involved should be taken to task.

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  • Naveed
    Jan 25, 2012 - 3:25PM

    Voila!

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  • shabbir
    Jan 25, 2012 - 6:21PM

    SHUKARULLAH….. Good step has taken after a long time…

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  • Imran
    Jan 25, 2012 - 7:09PM

    PM should resign for electing corrupt individuals into key positions

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  • Ali
    Jan 25, 2012 - 7:29PM

    630 million rupees…?? wow…how much money do these individuals have? All I hear from people in Pakistan is that there is no business, there are no jobs, there is no money, people are selling their children. How much profit were they expecting to make on 630 million? Why go to media advisor for gas and oil contract? This appreas to be fishy to begin with, I think all parties involved are corrupt.

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  • Alizai
    Jan 26, 2012 - 1:48AM

    A PM Media coordinator just does not have the credibility to be offered Rs. 630 Mil for such things. Would the higher ups allow this much money to go into the pockets of a media coordinator? Come on, it’s quite evident, where sums land eventually.

    Basically, this is the reason why we’re not having pre-term elections, certainly not because they’ve unfulfilled commitments towards the masses, it’s about personal commitments, still pending.

    Regards.

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