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Former PM Gillani gets temporary exemption in NAB reference

Former PM Gillani gets temporary exemption in NAB reference

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court gave temporary exemption to former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday in Universal Services Fund (USF) Corruption case.

Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik ordered Gillani to submit a security bond of Rs1 million.

Gillani pleaded with the court to grant him exemption from appearance as he has to appear in Karachi too in the case.

Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani appeared before an accountability court with respect to a reference filed against him over misuse of authority.

Addressing media personnel outside the court, he said: “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 said.

The court adjourned the hearing of the case till October 22 after allowing an exemption to Gilani.

Earlier this month, the Rawalpindi chapter of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed a reference against former premier Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani and others in a case of alleged misuse of authority in a publicity campaign of USF, which had caused a loss of Rs 128 million to the national exchequer.