An accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday (June 25) acquitted former law minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Babar Awan in the Nandipur Power Project case. However, the court rejected former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf’s acquittal plea.
Five accused persons, including Babar Awan, former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf, ex-consultant Shumaila Mehmood, former law secretary Riaz Kiyani, and former joint secretary Dr Riaz Mehmood have filed their acquittal pleas in the reference. On Feb 11, the court reserved its decision on the acquittal plea after Awan and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor concluded their arguments.
The Nandipur power project was approved by the Economic Coordination Committee on Dec 27, 2007, at a cost of $329 million. After the approval, the contract was signed on Jan 28, 2008, between the Northern Power Generation Company Limited and the Dong Fang Electric Corporation, China. Two consortiums — Coface for 68.967m euros and Sinosure for $150.151m – were set up for financing the project.
Prior and after construction, the project continued to attract a number of court cases, inquiries, investigations, audits, and political and commercial disputes. The plant collapsed after 5 days of operation, launching a series of inquiries ordered by then prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The Nandipur Power Project was approved by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in December 2007 at a cost of 329 million dollars.
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22 July, 2019