ISLAMABAD - Former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Friday filed an Intra-Court Appeal (ICA) before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the March 28 verdict of the court which put a question regarding his qualification to become a member of the parliament of Pakistan.

In the ICA, former premier has contended before the court that the court issued directions against him without hearing him. Raja Pervez filed this ICA through his counsel Barrister Wasim Sajjad, Ashraf maintained that in the said judgment there were adverse remarks against him.

It is pertinent to mention here that IHC issued an order against him on March 28 for awarding non-transparent road construction contracts in his constituency NA-51 worth 9 billion rupees.

The court also declared the assigning of work to NLC as illegal, unconstitutional, besides the PPRA Ordinance 2002 and PPRA Rules 2004 and a naked corruption.

In the decision, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui also directed that the copies of this judgment be sent to Chairman NAB for initiating proceedings against all those persons involved in big scam.

He further ordered to send the copy of the verdict to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), District Returning Officer (RO) of constituency NA-51 to appreciate as to whether in the light of observations made in the judgment, Raja Pervez Ashraf, can be believed as sagacious, righteous, honest, upright, trustworthy and Ameen.

However, in the ICA, Raja Ashraf has contended before the court that being prime minister he was authorised to assign a contract to any executing agency and National Logistic Cell (NLC) is an institution of federal government with good track record for speedy and standard constructions. Previous Punjab government had assigned several projects to NLC that this organisation completed before the deadline.

Moreover, he added that the said projects of Mandra-Chakwal and Sohawa-Chakwal roads were not just aimed at the development of his constituency but these were to benefit the residents of Jehlum and Chakwal also. He prayed to the court to set aside the judgment to his extent.

A Division Bench (DB) of the IHC comprising Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan and Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi will take up this matter on Monday April 08.