Raja Pervaiz issues unconditional apology over contempt of court

ISLAMABAD— Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf issued an unconditional apology over a contempt of court notice in relation to the Rental Power Plants scam.

Raja Pervez Ashraf s lawyer submitted the letter of apology in the apex court on behalf of his client.

The former premier submitted a written apology to the Supreme Court in which he took back a letter he had earlier written.

The letter asked the court to constitute an inquiry commission comprising Dr Shoaib Suddle to probe into the multi-billion RPPs scandal, independent of the ongoing investigations being conducted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The Supreme Court had issued a notice to Ashraf, asking him to explain why he should not be charged with contempt of court for trying to influence the investigation into the power projects.

The rental power projects were mooted by the outgoing Pakistan People s Party-led government as a solution to Pakistan s crippling energy crisis.

The apex court had earlier ordered the arrest of Ashraf and other accused but the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said it had no evidence against the suspects to make arrests.

The charges against Ashraf date back to his tenure as Power Minister.

In March, the Supreme Court had issued a contempt notice to Ashraf over the letter, admonishing him for attempting