Ex-Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Appears for Accountability Court Issue
Former prime minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani has appeared before the accountability court issue on Wednesday, as per summon issued by the court for misuse of authority.
Earlier this month, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi had filed a reference against the ex-prime minister, accusing him in connection with the misuse of authority.
Accountability court Judge, Arshad Malik will be hearing Gilani’s connection with the case today.
While speaking to the media present outside court, Gilani stated, “This is not the first time I am appearing before a court and I have previously served a five-year prison sentence.”
“Four former prime ministers are being summoned in courts. There are cases ongoing against Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf,” he further added.
According to a handout, NAB Rawalpindi had filed a reference case against the ex-primer Yousuf Raza Gilani, former Universal Services Fund (USF) Chief Executive Officer Riaz Asher Siddiqui, former ministry of information technology secretary Farooq Awan, former secretary of the USF Syed Hasan Sheikh, Midas CEO Inam Akbar, and former personal assistant to Pro IT Muhammad Hanif for the misuse of authority in illegal publicity campaign through M/s Midas Pvt Ltd and attempt to cause loss to the national exchequer.
According to the sources, former secretary of the Ministry of Information Technology, Farooq Awan misused his authority in running the illegal publicity campaign through M/s Midas Pvt Ltd in violations of rules and attempts to cause loss to the national exchequer.
Meanwhile, Midas CEO Inam Akbar had violated the Press Information Department (PID) instructions and directed procedures regarding media campaigns. He also managed the entire electronic media campaign without getting any written orders (release order) — neither from the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) nor from the USF and served bill for payment.
According to NAB, the accused had ran an illegal marketing program for the Universal Services Fund.
The national exchequer had previously suffered a loss of Rs 128 million due to the actions of the accused, the NAB notification concluded.