LAHORE - Former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf yesterday filed a writ petition in Lahore High Court challenging the NAB summons issued against him over alleged illegal recruitments in Pepco and Gepco.

Ashraf filed petition through his counsel Advocate Iftikhar Shahid who submitted that the NAB action was a result of political victimization at the behest of the ruling party, PML-N. The counsel held that Ashraf, being minster for water and power in PPP ruler, never influenced the appointments in the sector.

In his petition, the former PM submitted that the NAB was playing in the hands of PML-N leadership and subjecting PPP leaders to political victimisation. He further submitted that he had asked the NAB officers to furnish him details of the allegations but the bureau kept issuing him summons without disclosing any reason.

Taking a plea of uproar over Panama Papers leaks involving the family of PM Nawaz, the PPP leader said the bureau was not pursuing the most important corruption scandal.

He maintained that he was being dragged into the scandal on baseless grounds, and prayed to the court to set aside the NAB summons for being illegal.