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Former Pakistan oil and gas regulatory head to face bribery charges

20 August 2013

The former head of Pakistan’s oil and gas watchdog OGRA has been arrested in Abu Dhabi on embezzlement charges of US$850 million. Tauqir Sadiq was then extradited to Pakistan, where he faces a slew of bribery and nepotism charges on August 30, including taking bribes from power companies. He has denied the charges. 

Pakistan’s NAB, which is leading the investigation against Sadiq, has also levelled criminal charges against former Pakistani Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, who was the water and power minister during the same period. 

Other high ranking officials in the previous government have also been implicated in the OGRA investigation, which a spokesman for the PPP party, formerly in power, has called a conspiracy. 

In Pakistan, incoming governments often file corruption charges against ministers in the previous administration. The PML party under Nawaz Sharif won the country’s last elections in May 2013.

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